Arthritis relief worth walking for

Published 7:10 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Of all the terrible diseases people around the world suffer from, one has almost surely struck close to everyone’s home at one time or another: arthritis.

Arthritis affects 1.1 million people in the state alone, but the good news is that there is a growing number of people willing to do their part to combat the disease. Part of that effort is the Arthritis Walk, a national event created to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis.

The four annual Walk in Chilton County will be held Saturday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Chilton Medical Center, and the Walk will follow at 9:30 a.m.

The event raised $20,000 last year, and the goal this year is $30,000.

“Arthritis is not just an old person’s disease,” said Lisa Hemphill, Alabama Development Director, told The Clanton Advertiser on Tuesday. “It does not discriminate by age, race or sex.”

The Walk is a cause worth supporting. Chances are the good that comes from the event will one day help someone you know – if it hasn’t already.