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Arthritis Matters - March 2019



New look for 5th annual Faces of Childhood Arthritis event

Manitoba Division’s annual fundraiser to support Childhood Arthritis has a new face this year.

Faces of Childhood Arthritis will be held Thursday, April 11 and has been reimagined as a gala evening with festivities beginning at 5:30 pm at The Gates on Roblin in Headingley, just outside of Winnipeg. School-age School-aged children are welcome to attend.

The event includes a fabulous meal with entertainment, a smore-making station, plenty of stories around the “camp fire” from families living with Childhood Arthritis and a presentation from a Pediatric Rheumatologist. As always, the Faces of Childhood Arthritis – our fantastic ambassadors - will visit every table to share their story and answer questions, truly putting a “face” to this disease. Because the Faces event is a fundraiser for Camp Limitless, our summer camp for kids with Childhood Arthritis, the dress code is casual “camp” and plaid shirts are encouraged.

To date, Faces has raised more than $90,000 to help the 900-plus children and their families in Manitoba. It’s a disease that affects more children than any other chronic disease.

Camp Limitless, July 17-2019 at BB Camp, Lake of the Woods, ON, is an opportunity for children aged 7 to 17 years to meet new friends who are experiencing the same condition. Camp is where they feel understood and accepted. The Faces event will raise much needed funds to subsidize camp operations and keep the registration fee in reach of all families.

We hope you will join us by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table or by making a donation towards Camp Limitless. Visit us online at



Fundraising Success at the All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala in Toronto!

The 13th annual All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala was held February 7th at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. It was a luxurious evening of friendly competition and fun as the Arthritis Society raised a record breaking $380,200 from over 440 attendees who enjoyed some thrilling poker playing. The Gala Committee did an outstanding job of securing table sponsorships and numerous staff and volunteers went above and beyond to make this our most successful year yet.

This year, the attendees of the event had a special visit! Campers from the Arthritis Society’s Camp Cambria (Summer camp for children with diagnosis of arthritis aged 8-17), visited the Poker Gala to enlighten people about the challenges of childhood arthritis, and share stories about their awesome experiences at Camp Cambria. Attendees were surprised to learn that up to 24,000 Canadian children suffer from arthritis, and that the Arthritis Society offers information resources and support to help them deal with their disease.

The Arthritis Society is already looking forward to next year for the 14th annual All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala in Toronto. There are many more exciting fundraising events in Ontario throughout the year, including the upcoming All-In for Arthritis Poker Night in Ottawa!

To find a fundraising event near you, visit our calendar of events




Gain more knowledge through the Hand in Hand program

The Hand in Hand program is offering many educational activities and workshops this spring! This newsletter is only showcasing a few. If you wish to consult the full list of events, please visit our event calendar.

Quebec City:


  • Yoga/mandala workshop — Parent and child - March 17, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
    Enjoy this unique bonding moment with your child, learn to relax and breathe in a variety of postures, in a playful and amusing environment. On the menu, a 45-minute yoga session followed by collaborative mandala creation. Deadline for registration: March 12.
  • Yin yoga workshop — Adults - March 17, from 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
    Take a moment to stop, breathe and take care of yourself. This workshop will start with a talk given by Julie Sanschagrin, who owns the studio and has rheumatoid arthritis. Deadline for registration: March 12.


  • Live well with arthritis series - March 14, April 11, May 9 and June 13, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
    Attend monthly meetings where young and older adults can exchange information on different types of arthritis and share solutions to the drawbacks it causes every day.

A program for people like you

Concordia’s PERFORM Centre offers a complete wellness program for people with arthritis – People like me. This 12-week program offers invaluable assessments focused on self-management and nutrition given by health professionals and also offers group exercise classes. A session will begin this spring. Inquire here

Keeogo, a robotic solution that can end activity restrictions

Three million Canadians live with the unwanted effects of osteoarthritis. Though there is no cure, ongoing research projects are currently underway to improve the quality of life of people affected by the disease, and solutions that help decrease pain and live a more active life already exist. One of them is Keeogo, a mobility assistance robotic device created in Quebec City by B-Temia. Raymond Levasseur, renowned for his athletic abilities, is a Canadian army veteran that served for almost 20 years. Unfortunately, his life took a new turn when osteoarthritis struck. Because of the pain medication and of his rhythm of life that drastically changed, he lost his employment and was stuck at home, unable to make the slightest movement. His quality of life and psychological state rapidly deteriorated. Standing up was a challenge, braces weren’t working for him and a knee operation was out of the question because his body rejected titanium. He eventually tried out Keeogo, a device that could help him walk. After a few weeks, his joint pain improved, his spirit rose, he started moving around without his walker, and could start carrying loads again: “My greatest memory with Keeogo? The day I was able to carry my granddaughter in my arms for the first time!”



Rock the Joint in New Brunswick

Rock the Joint 2019 will launch on March 22nd at Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John, NB.

A night of fantastic musical talents will battle it out for the 2019 Rock the Joint Title and will win the chance to play a set on the Area 506 stage this summer at the Area 506 Festival! This red-carpet event will raise much needed awareness and funds for people in New Brunswick who are suffering from the debilitating pain of arthritis, as well as investing in ground breaking work around the diagnosis, treatment and search for a cure.

Rock the Joint is sponsored by Canaport LNG and Bayview Credit Union.

27th Celebrity Roast

This year the Nova Scotia Division will host the 27th Celebrity Roast on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Cunard Centre, Halifax. This event has honoured some of Nova Scotia’s most prominent and respected citizens such as Paul Sobey, Sir Graham Day, John Risley and Kim Mason. We are excited that Doug Doucet, President, rcs construction has kindly agreed to be ‘roasted’.

“I hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to give back to the communities in which we live and work. It’s an honour to be involved with this longstanding event that helps so many people affected by arthritis in our province even if it means putting myself in the hot seat for an evening full of laughs at my expense. I look forward to joining this esteemed group of past honourees.” - Doug Doucet

As one of Halifax’s more popular fundraising events, this event has raised over $3 million to help the children and adults in Nova Scotia who suffer daily with the pain and challenges of arthritis.

For tickets and more information, please go to

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