When I last left you, I gave you a major teaser that a big announcement was coming this beautiful Monday morning. I have some pretty big news to share with all of you! It is something I am very delighted, passionate and inspired about.
You know about my new found love for running from the recent 5K I ran a few Saturdays ago. I never thought I could be a “runner”, so to know I ran my first 5K in 33:46 (my official chip time!), I knew I found a new passion that would drive me to do great things.
I’m taking this new found love and throwing myself into it in ways that I never expected! With that said, drum roll please…
I have joined the Arthritis Foundation’s Joints in Motion program and will run the 2011 Walt Disney World Half Marathon as a member of the AF’s Virtual Joints in Motion Team!
From the Arthritis Foundation’s website: Joints in Motion is the Arthritis Foundation’s athletic training program. Become a Joints in Motion member and raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation to fight arthritis… Together we will help improve the quality of life for millions of men, women and children with arthritis.
I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of such a strong organization and training program. Unfortunately, many of us know someone who has been affected by arthritis. Here are some things you might not know about the disease from Let’s Move Together, a movement inspired by the AF:
- Arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect joints as well as other parts of the body.
- The most common types of arthritis include Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA) and Juvenile Arthritis (JA).
- Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s most common cause of disability.
- An estimated 46 million people in America have been diagnosed with arthritis including 300,000 children under the age of 18.
As an employee of the Foundation, I could not accomplish my job without the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers and staff. In addition, arthritis has affected many of my family members. I have committed to running the 13.1 miles to honor my fellow co-workers and volunteers of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter. I also run to honor my family members fighting this disease.
In addition to honoring these individuals, I have committed to raising $2,600 in support of the Arthritis Foundation.
This is where I need your help. I ask you to please consider a donation to help me reach this goal.
Visit my Joints in Motion webpage for more information & to make a donation today. Know that every contribution is greatly appreciated and truly makes a difference.
I’m excited to share my progress – both on the training and fundraising ends – with my faithful blog readers! Thank you for supporting me in this endeavor! I better get runnin’!