Grand Rapids Arthritis Walk This Weekend 5/3

The folks over at the Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis has shared some information that I thought I would share with you.  Please help spread the word!

walkGrand Rapids, MI –Help find a cure for arthritis by participating in the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis on

Saturday, May 3, 10 AM, at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids. Walk to Cure Arthritis (formerly named Arthritis Walk), is the Arthritis Foundation’s fun and non-competitive three-mile walking event that supports programs, research and advocacy initiatives to help people today while finding a cure for tomorrow.

CLICK HERE to watch a brief video about the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk To Cure Arthritis.

People of all ages and origins get arthritis including children. The disease causes painful and progressive deterioration of bones, ligaments, cartilage and tendons. It’s the leading cause of disability in the United States affecting more than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.

The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis will honor 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock from Norton Shores. As a 2-year-old, Mackenzie’s parents noticed that she struggled to walk, sit in a chair and sleep. She shied away from physical contact with others and had sudden angry outbursts for no apparent reason. Mackenzie was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. Mackenzie started pre-school this past fall and, with meditation and therapy, she is slowly regaining her strength and confidence.

CLICK HERE for a photo of Mackenzie.

“This disease does not discriminate. It does not know if a person is three or thirty-years-old,” said Mackenzie’s mom, Jeanne. “No person should have to experience the pain of arthritis, especially a child who can’t understand why she hurts so much. The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis will help us get closer to finding a cure.”

Learn more and register for the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis by going to www.WalkToCureArthritis.org or calling Mary Sue Lanigan at (616) 949-9938.

About the Arthritis Foundation, Michigan

With offices in Grand Rapids and Troy, the Arthritis Foundation (www.Arthritis.org/Michigan) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis. Striking more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is a serious and painful disease that causes progressive deterioration of bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

The Foundation funds life-changing research for improved treatments and a cure; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of people who have arthritis; and provides empowering programs and information that help people better control their arthritis and reduce the related pain.

CLICK HERE to watch a brief video about arthritis.



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