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Arthritis Fire BallTM fuels transformational change

Hosted by CTV News Toronto co-anchor Michelle Dubé, Arthritis Society Canada’s inaugural Arthritis Fire BallTM on Nov. 12, 2022 was a glowing success, raising $375,000 to fight the fire of arthritis for the six million Canadians who live with this disease.

This incredible night of glitz, glamour and philanthropy would not have been possible without the generous support of Trail Blazer sponsors, CIBC/James Wilhelm and Scotiabank, and Ignite sponsors, Bosseini Living, Prep Doctors, Tylenol and Greg Steers. 

Philanthropy was always top of mind throughout the evening as guests paid tribute to the one in five Canadians who live with arthritis. 

Highlighting the evening was a special tribute to 20-year-old Maddie Watts, a former competitive skier who was diagnosed with arthritis in her spine at 17. A fiery advocate for change, Maddie’s inspiring story is a testament to her strength and perseverance.

Arthritis Fire Ball gala Nov 12 2022“Arthritis is a serious disease in need of urgent and bold solutions,” said Trish Barbato, President and CEO of Arthritis Society Canada.

“Strong partnerships with our corporate sponsors, valued donors and dedicated volunteers really drive transformational change. Innovation will bring us one step closer to making an impact for Maddie and all the Canadians who live with the pain of arthritis each and every day.” 

 Learn more about the Arthritis Fire BallTM


About Arthritis Society Canada   

Arthritis Society Canada is a national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a mission to fight the fire of arthritis with the fire of research, advocacy, innovation, information and support. Arthritis Society Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit 

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