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Omaha Arthritis Walk 2010

Join 9-year-old Kayla and others who suffer from the effects of arthritis at the annual Lets Move Together Arthritis Walk taking place on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Lewis & Clark Landing and Heartland of America Park.



There's still time to sign up as a team captains, form a team to walk the day of the event and fundraise. The Arthritis Foundation in Omaha is currently in need of local volunteers to serve on special event committees. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Arthritis Foundation at (402)330-6130.

Kayla, who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), is this year's juvenile arthritis honorary chair. Kayla was diagnosed with JRA when she was just 2 1/2 years old. Her right knee and left wrist began to swell and the pain was so unbearable that she was unable to walk or even eat with her dominant hand. Thanks to research and the right medication, today she's able to enjoy many of the same things that other kids her age enjoy including swimming, music, dancing, playing with friends and signing. She says, "Even though I have JRA, it doesn't mean I can't be normal. I tell my friends that kids have JRA too, we can still have a happy life."

Her doctor, Dr. Adam Reinhardt, is a pediatric rheumatologist at Children's Hospital and Medical Center and this year's medical honorary chair.  He is proud of the strides Kayla has made with managing her disease and the work that Omaha has done to raise funds to find a cure for this disease. In Nebraska, arthritis affects 370,000 adults and an additional 1,500 children. Nationally, that number swells to an estimated 46 million men and women who live with this debilitating disease everyday. 

Lets Move Together is designed to inspire people to move every day to prevent or treat arthritis. The movement encourages everyone to engage in daily physical activity for better health and to participate in their local Arthritis Walk.
Funds raised go to arthritis research, programs and services and patient advocacy efforts. For more information on volunteering or forming a team, go to www.omahawalk.kintera.org or call (800) 642-5292.

Day-of event details:

Choose from a 3.1-mile or one-mile walk route
Enjoy the refreshments, kids games, face-painting, live entertainment, free health fair and huge raffle
Arthritis Hero will lead the walk at the start line

Free registration and money turn-in will begin at 8:30 am and step-off is at 10:00 am. Each person who fundraises $100 or more will receive an official Arthritis Walk t-shirt.  Walkers are encouraged to form fundraising teams and walk together in honor of someone they know who is affected by arthritis. Dogs are welcome. Go to www.omahawalk.kintera.org for more information.

This is a national Arthritis Foundation signature fundraising event with over 200 Arthritis Walks held across the country. Arthritis is more widespread than imagined, affecting 46 million American adults and 300,000 children.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases -- the nation's most common cause of disability.  The Arthritis Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of arthritis research in the world.  Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has provided $400 million to arthritis-related research through its nationally recognized peer-review research award program.   For free information on improving health and limiting the impact of arthritis, contact the Arthritis Foundation at (800)735-0096 or www.arthritis.org.

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