My participation with the Joints in Motion Training Team is not new to most of you but now I can announce that I am officially participating in the Barbados event in December with Marci! We are really excited to do this and I am extremely humbled that Marci has chosen this event to give back to running. The fundraising is daunting but having already completed my first marathon, I feel more excited than ever for the event!
Below is an article posted by the Arthritis Society of Canada:
Affecting about 1 in 1,000 Canadians under the age of 16, juvenile arthritis (JA) is a leading chronic disease among kids in this country. The Arthritis Society uses Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month in March to heighten awareness of this disease and to raise much-needed funds for research that will find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
“Arthritis is a crushing reality for many children in Canada; it’s not just their parents or grandparents who are at risk,” says Dr. Brian Feldman, Vice Chair of The Arthritis Society’s Medical Advisory Committee and a paediatric rheumatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “The course of juvenile arthritis is unpredictable. Painful flare-ups may occur without warning and the child has to undergo a rigorous, time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant treatment program.”
Juvenile arthritis is the result of the body’s immune system not working properly. The immune system fails to recognize healthy body tissue and attacks it. Symptoms include excruciating pain and inflammation in the joints. Depending on the severity of the arthritis, some children experience irregular growth or physical disability.
The rest of the article can be found at the following link.
In order to kick off our fundraising for the marathon, Marci and I are hosting a virtual race to raise money for the Arthritis Society.
Here are the details:
What: Reese Run: 4 Mile Virtual Race
When: April 24th, 2009
Registration: $10.00 minimum donation (feel free
to donate more if you can!)
Prizes: Great prizes
Early bird prize (Register before March 24th)
On April 24th, Reese will turn 4 years old. She has decided that for her 4th birthday she wants to have a Floor Hockey party! This makes us very happy as less than 2 years ago she couldn't climb the stairs. To celebrate this, we are hoping that everyone will participate in the event and pass the banner and link on to others that may want to so as well! Below is the link for the fundraising page:
We hope to have great success with our event and welcome your thoughts. Thank-you for posting on your blog if you can and we are excited to see the results!