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Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree 2017

Meet Our National Walk to Cure Arthritis Adult Honoree: Former MLB Pitcher Tom Walker!

Tom Walker, Walk to Cure Arthritis national adult honoree and former MLB pitcher, claims that it’s truly “mind over matter” when it comes to his osteoarthritis (OA) pain. Every day, he rises up and pushes forward, despite the obstacles – like having a harder time walking – that challenge him.
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Ellie Pruitt Juvenile Arthritis

Meet the Pruitts, Warriors Against Juvenile Arthritis: “We’ve got to be upbeat and positive”

Until last summer, Ellie Pruitt was your typical little girl who loved to swing, draw with chalk on the driveway and feed the fish and turtles in the pond at the back of her house in Canton, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. She was funny, smart and especially witty for a soon-to-be 4-year-old (and soon-to-be big sister).

But almost a year ago, Ellie started complaining about her legs hurting all the time and feeling tired. She started playing with her toys at the kitchen table because it was too painful to play on the floor. She couldn’t sit with her legs and feet crossed, unable to bend her knees 90 degrees. Her parents thought it might just be growing pains.
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April West National Honoree

Quest-4-West: National Walk Honoree Doesn’t Let Arthritis Slow Her Down

Her journey with arthritis began as a 21-year-old college student. One morning, April N. West woke up feeling like she had exercised vigorously the day before. The pain in her ankles, knees and hips was unbearable. Then without health insurance, she relied on over-the-counter medication for relief, but the pain didn’t go away.

While visiting family in Florida, April remembers coughing so profusely that she had to rest on their couch the entire time. At that point, she knew something was seriously wrong – and soon found herself hospitalized. After much deliberation, her doctors all agreed that an autoimmune illness was causing her body to attack her joints and vital organs, including her lungs.
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Walk to Cure Arthritis Medical Honoree Spotlight

Walk to Cure Arthritis: From Small Steps to Giant Breakthroughs

If you think how far we’ve come in treating children with arthritis over the past two decades is nothing short of miraculous, get ready for some spectacular new discoveries in the not too distant future. That’s what Dr. Yukiko Kimura firmly believes – and she should know, since she’s been on the front lines of treating juvenile arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic diseases for more than 25 years.

Dr. Kimura is the chief of pediatric rheumatology at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She earned her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and did her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. The Arthritis Foundation supported her early training with a fellowship research award.
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Parket Lentini Arthritis Foundation

Their Unshakable Spirit: Why Parker and His Family Walk to Cure Arthritis

To say that Parker Lentini’s life has been like riding a roller coaster the past few years may be an understatement. He and his family have endured more nerve-wracking ups and downs than most people experience in a lifetime. Yet it’s their hope and faith, and trying to hold on to the highs they encounter along the way, that help them get through the low spots, when it feels like their lives have been turned upside down. Again.

Parker, who’s 16 and lives with his family in Tampa, has been hospitalized more than two dozen times since he was diagnosed six years ago with systemic onset juvenile arthritis (sJA) – with “overlapping conditions,” as well as hypogammaglobulinemia, severe allergies and asthma.
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Cathy McHorse Walk to Cure Arthritis Austin

Austin’s Cathy McHorse Is All In for the Arthritis Foundation!

Cathy McHorse is one amazing parent, inspired to get involved in the fight against arthritis after her son Grant was diagnosed at age 12 with juvenile arthritis. A simple newspaper article about Austin’s Walk to Cure Arthritis prompted Cathy to make contact with her local Arthritis Foundation office in 2011, nearly three years after Grant’s initial diagnosis.

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Why I Walk to Cure Arthritis

Mayro’s Milers March On: Top 10 Reasons Why They Walk to Cure Arthritis

Over the past three decades, Mayro Kanning has had 25 surgeries for her arthritis, including knee and hip replacements and operations on her neck, back and hands.

She’s had to give up horseback riding, tennis and racquetball, which were once her favorite pastimes. Today, performing everyday tasks like opening containers, buttoning a blouse or putting on socks is next to impossible.

Despite having to say No to many things rheumatoid arthritis (RA) prevents her from doing, Mayro has an unstoppable, ‘Yes I can’ attitude when it comes to fundraising and fighting the disease. She’s been courageously leading her Walk to Cure Arthritis team, Mayro’s Milers, for 13 years.
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Why I Walk to Cure Arthritis

Top 10 Reasons Why the Anderson Family Walks to Cure Arthritis

Because of their deep commitment to the arthritis community, and with generous support from their friends and relatives, the Anderson family of Wisconsin has raised almost $100,000 for the Arthritis Foundation since coming aboard as volunteers more than a decade ago. This past weekend, they celebrated the latest round of their fundraising feats by taking part in 2016’s first Walk to Cure Arthritis event at the nearby Mall of America.

Why do the Andersons walk? They do it for the estimated 300,000 kids in the United States affected by juvenile arthritis (JA), including one of their own. Alexandria Anderson, nicknamed Alex, was diagnosed with JA at age 4. Her mother, Tobie, says they initially went through what many families experience: “Lots of pain and struggles, but no answers,” then relief at finally knowing what was going on.
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mariah's movers juvenile arthritis

A Family of Warriors: How Mariah Aquino-Truss and Her Family Fight JA

When Mariah Aquino-Truss was four-years-old, she named one of the bumpy hills near her house the “Arthritis Hill,” because every time she and her mother, Tory, drove over the hill, the bumps in the road would cause her to cry out in pain.

“She was old enough to know something was different, but not old enough to know how to process it,” says Tory.

Mariah began experiencing arthritic symptoms around age three, when she had severe neck pains that became so bad that she had difficulty moving her jaw. But when Tory would drive her to the emergency room, they were told there was nothing they could do.

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Dina Gilmore Champion of Yes Massage Therapist

Meet Champion of Yes: Dr. David Covall

David Covall, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta who has become a Dr-Covall-StoryChampion of Yes for all we do at the Arthritis Foundation. Besides his staggering fundraising work for the organization – for example, he’s a corporate chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis, helped raise $61,000 (at press time) and secured $40,000 in sponsorship for the event – Dr. Covall has been a valuable volunteer for the Science pillar.

Dr. Covall became a Science volunteer last year and quickly jumped in to offer his services for the group. Earlier this year, he joined the 2015 Scientific Discovery Advisory Committee (SDAC) earlier this year, and now represents the SDAC as a speaker at Arthritis Foundation events in the regions. He was a reviewer for the Scientific Strategy and serves as an advisor to the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis Big Data projects.

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