2017 marked the 8th annual Walk to Fight Arthritis, raising more than $1.25 million in 41 sites across Canada. In New Brunswick, participants raised more than $45,000 for the 1 in 6 New Brunswickers who feel the emotional and physical pain of arthritis.
Although the weather was cold and gray, it didn’t dampen the spirits of New Brunswickers ready to make a difference. In Fredericton, Hartland, Moncton and Quispamsis Walk Heroes Sydney, Renee, Jenika, and Mallory led more than 340 walkers in taking steps toward a future without arthritis by raising funds and awareness.
“The Walk is an exciting and special time of the year as we raise the funds that make the work of The Arthritis Society possible,” explained Krista Phillips, Education Coordinator at The Arthritis Society New Brunswick Division.
“It’s also important because it raises awareness of the pain and challenges that accompany an arthritis diagnosis. Having such strong, young heroes has done a lot to let people know that arthritis can affect anyone, at any age.”
For almost 70 years, The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion as the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people who live with arthritis. Events like the Walk make this possible – thank you to everyone who took part including Platinum Sponsor Medavie Blue Cross.