Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Tacoma Arthritis Walk will take place at Marine Park located at 3931 Ruston Way Tacoma, Washington 98407. The event is free and registration is from 9 am to 10 am. There will be a health and vendor fair, music, food, and family-friendly activities from 9 am to 12 pm. The 2012 honoree will be present from 9:40 am to 9:45 am. The Tacoma Arthritis Walk begins for both the 3 mile and 1 mile routes between 10:00 am and 11:30 am. Tracy Taylor, from KING 5 News will be the emcee at the event.
Emily Spoor, Development Coordinator, Arthritis Foundation Great West Region, Seattle Office, shared what she is looking forward to with the event, “This will be the first event that I am managing on my own, so I am looking forward to seeing every little detail come together! And at the same time, I’m very anxious. Jitters aside, I know that no matter what happens, this will be such a meaningful day for people with arthritis and their families. I remember the “warm fuzzy” feeling I had when I participated in my first Arthritis Foundation event, so it feels great to know that hundreds of people will come out and share that moment with me. It is so rewarding to be able to inspire people with hope, and to create an atmosphere where everyone truly understands their situation. Health problems can feel very isolating, and it’s so important to be reminded that we are not alone in our struggles and that we stand united in our fight toward a cure.”
Emily finds the Arthritis Walk to be empowering, “In my opinion, the best part of the event is that it empowers our participants to take control through our motto, “Let’s Move Together!” The Arthritis Foundation firmly believes that “movement is the best medicine” and it is great to see that message come to life at the Arthritis Walk. Regular activity such as walking has proven benefits in the management of arthritis symptoms and our goal is to create a fun atmosphere to encourage exercise.” She shared how the Arthritis Foundation is unique compared to others, “The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education, pursuing public policy and legislation, and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.”
When asked Emily recommended attend the event, she replied, “Everyone! It is a family-friendly event for all ages, and dogs are welcome too! For more information, please contact the Arthritis Foundation at (206) 547-2707 x114 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Many questions can be answered on our event website, which is www.TacomaArthritisWalk.org. For more about the Arthritis Foundation in general, check out www.arthritis.org. To watch our National Arthritis Foundation YouTube video check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcdeOcLa6sY.” T-shirts are free for participants that raise $100 or more for the Arthritis Foundation.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com