Last month, Islanders joined together to take steps toward a future without arthritis. More than $16,400 was raised to support the 1 in 6 Islanders living with arthritis at the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Charlottetown and Summerside.
Cody, PEI’s Walk Hero, was thrilled to lead the Walk in Charlottetown and share his story of self-advocacy and resilience. He was also thrilled to help raise funds to support The Arthritis Society and fund a cure.
“There has been tremendous improvements in research and development in treatment for arthritis even in the time since I was diagnosed,” Cody explains. “The Arthritis Society’s programs benefit people of all ages and I want to help fundraise to keep those programs coming.”
It was a cold, wet and windy day, but the Walk in Charlottetown was pleased to welcome once again, PEI’s own 3-time Olympian, Olympic Gold Medalist, and Dynamic Fitness Founder Dave “Eli” MacEachern to lead the warm-up and get people moving.
“Being out there moving, bringing awareness to the cause and meeting people who do the same and the people who are affected by arthritis is really special,” tells David. “Seeing people push through things is important to me and arthritis is a real barrier.”
Nationally, the Walk to Fight Arthritis raised more than $1.25 million dollars and included more than 8000 participants raising awareness of the impact of arthritis in Canada, and the funds to find a cure.
Thank you to everyone who took part, and to Platinum Sponsor Medavie Blue Cross.
(Photo: top Cody (Left) and David (Right) with David’s Gold Medal at the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Charlottetown.)