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Indianapolis Arthritis Walk Set for Saturday, May 18th
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Indianapolis Arthritis Walk

Indianapolis Arthritis Walk Set for Saturday, May 18th

Event Looks to Find a Cure for the Leading Cause of Disability in the U.S.


April 02, 2013 | 08:46 AM

Some 500 people are expected to take part in the Indianapolis Arthritis Walk on Saturday, May 18th at Military Park.

Today, one in five Americans lives with the pain of arthritis. That includes roughly 1.4 million adults and 6,400 kids in Indiana alone. The Arthritis Foundation encourages people to move every day to prevent or treat arthritis. Physical activity, such as walking, can ease the pain of arthritis and even prevent some forms from developing.

"Physical activity is a natural pain reliever for most people suffering from arthritis," said Cheryl Kingsbury, the Arthritis Walk committee chair. "Moving just 10 minutes, three times a day can ease joint pain, improve mobility and reduce the fatigue often associated with arthritis."

The Arthritis Walk is designed to encourage people to improve their own lives and the lives of others with arthritis while raising critical funds to fight arthritis. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis, while those with arthritis wear blue t-shirts to signify their action in taking control of their condition.

This year's Arthritis Walk honorees are 14-year old Emily Gebhardt, a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School who was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of eight and Franki Greiner, an Indianapolis woman first diagnosed with the disease when she was just 29 years old. This year's medical honoree is Dr. R. Michael Meneghini, an orthopedic surgeon at IU Health Saxony Medical Center.

Day of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. – as do the health fair, kids' zone activities and mini movement demonstrations. Top fundraising awards will be handed out at 9:30 a.m. with the walk scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. There are one and three mile routes available.

Registration for the Arthritis Walk is free. Those who raise more than $100 will receive a t-shirt.

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which is the nation's leading cause of disability. There is currently no known cure. To sign up for the Indianapolis Arthritis Walk, visit www.arthritiswalkindy.com or call (317) 879-0321 ext. 2.


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