According to Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Chief Executive Officer Susan Carter,
“As the holiday season is upon us, we at the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region are mindful of the struggles of arthritis sufferers. Arthritis pain and impairments can make many holiday traditions like preparing festive meals, writing holiday greeting cards, shopping for gifts and neighborhood caroling difficult or even impossible. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States; it hurts to be #1.
“The Arthritis Foundation exists to help people take control of arthritis by accelerating research to find a cure tomorrow while providing life-altering advocacy, help and support for those living with the disease today.
“Our biggest wish is to bring relief and support to the 3.9 million Texans, including 25,000 children, living with arthritis right now include:
- “Support our annual holiday event the Fort Worth Jingle Bell Run/Walk on December 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Burnett Park. There is still time to participate as an individual, create a family team or donate to someone who has. It is a fun and festive way to raise funds for mission investment and to connect with other families of all ages and abilities, who face arthritis. Learn more and register at www.fwjinglebellrun.org.
- “Help underwrite scholarships to send 10 families to the national Arthritis Foundation Juvenile Arthritis Conference taking place July 23-26, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Here kids, teens, young adults and their families come together from across the country to learn more about juvenile arthritis (JA) and other rheumatic diseases and to meet and support each other. Families learn about the latest medical research and treatments, how to deal with challenges at school and home, how to advocate for their child and more. The opportunity to connect with each other to share experiences and advice helps everyone affected by arthritis. Learn more at http://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/juvenile-arthritis-national-conference/
“Our ‘pie in the sky’ wish would be the gift of commercial office space that would allow our dedicated staff and volunteers to further maximize efficiencies in our service of people struggling with arthritis.
“To learn more about the life-changing work our donor angels make possible or to give online, please visit www.arthritis.org/texas. For offline gifts, please mail to: Arthritis Foundation South Central Region, 4300 MacArthur Avenue, Suite 245 – Dallas, Texas 75209.
“Thank you and happy holidays!”
-Susan Carter, Arthritis Foundation South Central Region Chief Executive Officer
* Photo and graphic provided by Arthritis Foundation South Central Region