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Friday March 14th, 2014

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The Arthritis Society is well into its month long campaign to raise awareness about the fact that arthritis is not just a disease of the elderly but in fact affects children too. They say that in fact it affects 24,000 children or more than three out of every 1,000, 18 years of age and under children in Canada.

“This annual campaign really has a way of opening people’s eyes to see that arthritis is a disease that can affect anyone and everyone at any age. My own view on arthritis before I started working at the society was that this was something that only affected people as they aged. Having met numerous children living with arthritis it quickly changed that view and broke that myth” said Dan Knight Manager, Community Development for the South West Region.

Being a disease that people don’t necessarily want to talk about especially when it comes to children, they hope that this type of awareness campaign will spread the awareness and let people living with the disease know that The Arthritis Society is here to help.

Living with a child or anybody with arthritis for that matter you may sometimes feel like you are the only one dealing with this. That of course is not the case and thus why their annual Walk to Fight Arthritis is a great opportunity for people living with arthritis to meet others and be apart of the sense of community of people that are fighting to ultimately find a cure for this disease.

This year’s event is taking place in Windsor at Malden Park on Sunday, June 8th. It’s a 1km & 5km non-competitive, family friendly event that sees hundreds of people gather to show support to raising awareness and funds for people with arthritis. More information can be found at walktofightarthritis.ca.

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