Mark Schlereth NFL Arthritis

Man of Mettle: Mark Schlereth

As a three-time Super Bowl winner, Mark Schlereth is no stranger to a little pain. He played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989–2000) with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, and after a series of nasty injuries cut his professional football career short, Mark began fighting his toughest opponent – osteoarthritis.

Now retired from football, Mark, tells his story in the November/December issue of Arthritis Today magazine.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” says Mark. “When things don’t go the way you planned, you’ve got to keep fighting.”

Mark’s upbeat worldview and belief that quitting is never an option shone through during his photo shoot last month. And that positive attitude, he says, has always helped.

These days, he has good and bad days for pain, although bending his knees is always painful and his back gives him trouble, especially after sitting for extended periods. Yoga and working out on the elliptical help when he’s feeling bad.

“I come from a family of incredibly hard workers,” he says. “If I complained as a kid about somebody getting lucky, my father would stop me mid-sentence and say, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’”

You can read Mark’s full story in our latest edition of Arthritis Today magazine. Mark, a friend of the Arthritis Foundation, will share his story with volunteers and other Foundation supporters of the 2016 Conference of Champions Nov. 3 to 4 in Denver.

A Message From Mark

Check out Mark Schlereth sharing his excitement about the upcoming Conference of Champions with Arthritis Foundation volunteers!

*Content based on Arthritis Today magazine article by Timothy Glover.

Fashion Fights Arthritis Shoes

Fashion Fights Arthritis: Doctor Turns Designer, Creates Healthier High Fashion Shoes for Women

One way or another, Joan Oloff , MD, has always been in the foot business.

It started before she was even born when her grandfather emigrated from Russia and, in 1920, opened a shoe store in Brooklyn, NY. Her dad grew up in an apartment above the store and she has vivid memories of visiting the store as a young child.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Story

From RA to Running a Marathon – Katelynd Park is Committed to Supporting the Fight for a Cure

Just over two years ago, at the age of 24, Katelynd Park was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It was a devastating blow. She remembers thinking, how could someone so young and healthy be diagnosed with this debilitating disease? Katelynd has come a long way since her diagnosis. She is preparing to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, her first marathon, as part of the Arthritis Foundation team on October 8. She plans on showing others, and herself, that RA will not keep her from living her life.
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Debra Lappin Arthritis Foundation

Spotlight on Debra Lappin – Patient, Advocate & Volunteer

The Arthritis Foundation is truly fortunate to have a network of dedicated volunteers, engaged constituents and committed board leaders helping us move our mission forward. Today’s spotlight focuses on someone very special to the foundation that is all three of those things. Debra R. Lappin, JD is a former national chair of the Arthritis Foundation and is currently a patient advocate volunteering on our behalf with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Accelerating Medicines Partnership. How Debra came to be involved with the Arthritis Foundation is quite the story –
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JBR National Honoree Joanna Helon

National Adult Jingle Bell Run Honoree Joanna Helon Fosters Hope

33 — that’s the number of years Joanna Helon has had arthritis. The kicker? She’s only 40.

For 21 of those years, Joanna has channeled her energy into the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. Through medications, treatments, inflammation, pain and some frustration, Joanna has leveraged the 5K as a platform to gather friends, raise awareness, and most importantly, raise money to support the Arthritis Foundation.
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Dave Hale Oregon Bike Classic Arthritis Foundation

Pedaling for a Purpose: How Dave Hall is Saying Yes to Making a Difference

Four years ago, Dave Hall could barely ride a bike. He knew how to ride a bike, and had ridden a bike most of his life, he just wasn’t sure if he could bear the pain at that time. Dave has ankylosing spondylitis and fights severe pain that radiates down his lower back, waist and legs. For someone who has been extremely active for most of his life, living with a chronic illness has been rough. Four years ago, after a medication he had been taking for a decade stopped working, he had to severely alter his activity level due to pain.
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Tatum O'Neal Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tatum O’Neal: On Top of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Feeling Lucky

I picked up the phone and heard, “Hi, this is Tatum,” and my vision went black and white for a second. Hearing that raspy voice, I saw Tatum O’Neal, at 8 years old, as Addie Loggins in the 1973 movie, Paper Moon, which was shot in black and white. Tatum, so young, nailed the part and won herself an Oscar.
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Logan Lentini Parker Lentini Juvenile Arthritis

Super Siblings Play An Important Role for Their Families

This summer at the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences, a charismatic young man proudly wearing a bright orange University of Florida Gators shirt walks briskly and with purpose throughout the conference areas. As he turns the corner, you can see the back of his shirt reads something unexpected. It’s not a last name like you might normally see on a Gators shirt – but the words “Parker’s Brother”, clear as day.
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Arthritis Foundation NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon Runner Helps Fight Juvenile Arthritis One Step at a Time

Tom Neville will be running his second TCS New York City marathon this fall. He describes his first marathon in 2015 as exhilarating and beautiful but painful. So why will Tom be running a second marathon? He is running in honor of his niece Brielle, only 5 years-old, who has juvenile arthritis.
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