Lawrence walk to raise awareness about arthritis — a disease that affects 1 in 3 adults

Let’s Move Together!

The sixth annual Lawrence Arthritis Walk will be May 7 in South Park. The event raises awareness and money for the Arthritis Foundation, which funds research, health education and advocacy initiatives.

Health professionals say the best prevention and treatment for arthritis is MOVING.

Did you know? One in three adults are living with arthritis or chronic joint pain.

In Kansas, it affects:

• 575,000 — adults, including my dad who has Rheumatoid arthritis.

• 3,000 — children.

The walk begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets. There will be a health fair, breakfast and children’s activities. Pet owners can bring their dogs.

Opening ceremonies are at 9:15 a.m., followed by the 3-mile and 1-mile walks at 10 a.m. A recognition ceremony will follow the walks.

Last year, more than 100 people participated in the event.

There is no cost to participate in the walk and it’s open to anyone. Individuals who raise $100, get a T-shirt. So far, the Lawrence walk has raised $6,000.

For more information, visit awlawrence.kintera.org or call 785-272-8461.

Tagged: Arthritis Foundation, arthritis, chronic joint pain

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