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The Arthritis Society launches its 2012-2013 fundraising campaign in the company of their new spokes

This morning, The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division was announcing its objective of 3.2 million dollars for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and revealed the name of their new spokesperson, the renowned radio and television host, Richard Turcotte.

«My best childhood friend, now the godmother of my daughter, has lived with juvenile arthritis ever since I have known her. She has gone through several surgeries and has tried many medications throughout the years. If I have decided to join The Arthritis Society's team, it is because I believe that research is essential and I want to do my part in helping it advance quicker» explained Mr. Turcotte during the press conference.

The money raised by the Society during its new campaign «It’s funny how giving makes you feel better» will be used to fund medical research and to provide a full and diversified range of education and support services to 1.1 million Quebeckers living with severe and debilitating arthritis.

«It is important for people to realize that the majority of individuals who develop this disease are between the age of twenty and sixty years old and they can not allow themselves to stop working or to take care of their young children. This is why the Society offers a multitude of programs which aim to teach them to manage their pain, their energy and their disease on a daily basis, also to teach their close ones how they can help» declared Mark Bordeleau, Executive Director of The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division.

In Quebec, one out of eight adult lives with arthritis and one out of every 1000 children suffers from juvenile arthritis. This represents 232 000 Montrealers who count on the population's generosity towards The Arthritis Society so the research can be propelled forward and continue to benefit from the education and support programs that it offers. To make a donation, people can visit the website or call at 1-800-321-1433.



Audrey Lalande
Communication and Media Relations Manager
The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division
Office: 514-846-8840, ext. 227
Cell: 514-686-8827

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