2017 Walk to Fight Arthritis raises $1.25 million to fund research, education and support programs

June 5, 2017

Thousands of Canadians got moving to help fund a cure for Arthritis

TORONTO, ON - June 5, 2017 – Canadians in 41 communities took part in the 8th annual Walk to Fight Arthritis this past weekend, with over 8,000 people coming together in a show of support for the over 4.6 million people who are living with the chronic pain, inflammation and mobility restrictions of Arthritis.

This year, participants in The Arthritis Society’s marquee fundraiser raised $1.25 million, bringing the eight-year total to over $10 million to support much-needed research, programs and services. Our national sponsors eTreatMD, Hill Street Beverage Co. and Panago Pizza are recognized for their generous support and for making funding a cure for Arthritis a priority.

“Freedom of movement is something we all deserve, which is why so many Canadians have come forward to show their support for the Walk to Fight Arthritis,” said Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society. “The success of the Walk to Fight Arthritis speaks to the incredible spirit and resilience of the Arthritis community. We’re so grateful for their support, and we’re committed to working on their behalf to create a future without Arthritis.”

“The Arthritis Society to us means hope, understanding, support, and research,” said Toronto’s Ed Kowal, whose 8-year-old daughter Aida lives with a form of Childhood Arthritis. “All of these things have been very instrumental in our journey with Arthritis with our daughter.”

To make a donation to The Arthritis Society, visit www.Arthritis.ca/donate.

The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for almost 70 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without Arthritis, The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with Arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of Arthritis research in Canada, investing over $195 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with Arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information about The Arthritis Society and to make a donation, visit www.Arthritis.ca.

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Douglas Emerson
tel: 416.979.7228 x3348
cell: 647.706.0440
email: demerson@Arthritis.ca