Pittsburgh will walk to cure arthritis in May

Arthritis Foundation’s Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds for a cure
Walk for the Cure

Hundreds of runners and walkers will be “walking their way” for the 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 22 in Pittsburgh at Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center/Ski Lodge to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis and make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis. We aren’t just helping millions of people with arthritis to live better; we are charting the course to a cure.

Help support warriors like our Young Adult Honoree, Aaliyah McGinnis and our Adult Honoree, Matthew Wohlfarth. Aaliyah is a senior at Blackhawk High School and was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 5 years old. She was recently accepted into Saint Francis University to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Matthew is a salesperson for ADP by day and a comedian by night. Matthew has had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years now and is doing comedy shows to help raise money for the cause. We are also excited to announce that Dr. Matthew Flanagan, an Allegheny Health Network Sports Medicine Specialist is our Medical Honoree for the event this year and he is very excited to help conquer arthritis through research and resources that make a difference.

In the United States alone, nearly 60 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis.  It is a leading cause of work disability, with annual costs for medical care and lost earnings of $303.5 billion. Arthritis affects one in four Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. The Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research, and advocacy initiatives as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Western Pennsylvania Executive Director Deborah Hartman “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of better treatments and care while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community. Together, Pittsburgh can Walk to Cure Arthritis and help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 to help find a cure for this disease.”

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally presented by Horizon. To register for the Pittsburgh, Walk to Cure Arthritis or to learn more about the event, visit https://www.walktocurearthritis.org/pittsburgh or contact Deborah Hartman at 412-218-1987 or dhartman@arthritis.org. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit arthritis.org.  

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.