Arthritis news from Quebec

September 1, 2016

Marilyne Prévost, an artist for the cause

Marilyne Prévost has always been very active, spontaneous and energetic. When she was only 4 years old, she started ballet, a passion she pursued until the age of 23. As she grew older, she discovered yoga and Pilates, sailing, biking and running. But in her early twenties, she started experiencing inflammatory flares that periodically precluded her from being active; and in 2010, a rheumatologist diagnosed her with inflammatory arthritis in both hands and a few other joints. 

The same year, she embarked on a personal journey to India, where she discovered some canvases and a few tubes of acrylic paint. Naturally, almost instinctively, she took up painting, applying the paint directly with her hands. When she returned home, her father’s Parkinson led her to continue a thought process she had started while away, a reflection on her objectives and the value of life. That’s when Marilyne decided to use her artistic talent to benefit arthritis research. 

She set an ambitious objective: to raise $1,000 by donating 20% of the profits from the sale of her paintings to The Society. But she didn’t stop there.

Marilyne goes above and beyond

In addition to arthritis research funding, Marilyne finds motivation in children living with the disease. Despite her battle with arthritis and painful joints, she couldn’t imagine what these kids go through. Always physically active between flares, Marilyne took part in her first triathlon in 2015, raising funds for the Kids on the Move Camp for children aged 8 to 16 who are living with childhood arthritis.

Marilyne’s devotion to the cause never wavers. In the spring of 2016, she ran in the Scotia Bank Charity Challenge and took up the Naomi Ban Challenge at the Walk to Fight Arthritis, completing the 10km run. These events led her to double her fundraising objective for the sale of her artwork. She also donated some of her paintings to be auctioned off at the Childhood Arthritis Day and the George Russell Gala in Montreal, an event in memory of the great artist and Arthritis Society supporter George Russell, whose works were also auctioned off for the Kids on the Move Camp that evening. At the Gala, Maryline proved herself to be an inspiring speaker as well as a talented artist.

Marilyne is determined to raise awareness about the fact that arthritis can strike anyone at any age. She underlines the importance of giving so that kids and adults living with a rheumatic condition can benefit from a better quality of life and, one day, a cure.

To see Marilyne Prévost’s artwork, click here.

A day at the National Assembly

Arthritis is not only a disease which brings its share of pain and discomfort. It can also cause financial hardship for individuals and the economy. The annual financial impact of arthritis is estimated at $7.6 million in Quebec alone. 

The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division has initiated a process to reflect on ways of improving the quality of arthritis care and allow patients and their families to reduce the economic burden of the disease.

On September 29, at the end of this process, the Society will invite members of the National Assembly to follow suit and reflect upon the issue, considering the treatment of arthritis in the context of the restructuring of the health care system. During its arthritis awareness day at the National Assembly, The Society will put forward a two-stream solution which will hopefully pique the interest of decision makers and improve the life and finances of people living with arthritis.