Arthritis Foundation Walk Raises Awareness and Funds for a Cure

Arthritis Foundation Walk Raises Awareness and Funds for a Cure

(Hawaii News Now) - The Arthritis Foundation is proud to announce the 2014 Honorees for the Walk to Cure Arthritis on Sunday, June 1 at the Hawai'i State Capitol. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Walk, the single largest fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States with 236,000 adults and 1,200 children right here in Hawai'i who suffer with Arthritis.

This year's Honorary Chair of the Arthritis Walk is Mr. Martin J. Welch.  Welch is the Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Company (HEMIC) and is a strong advocate for improving the lives of people who suffer from arthritis. His commitment comes both from the perspective of a business leader engaged in helping Hawai'i's workers lead safer and more productive lives on the job, as well as that of a family member who has personally experienced the impact of arthritis on a loved one.

Co-Medical Honorees this year are Robert Durkin, M.D., Division Head for Kapi'olani Orthopedic Associates at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, and Jeffery "Kimo" Harpstrite, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at Orthopedic Associates of Hawai'i.

Business woman, health care advocate, and friend to the Arthritis Foundation is Karen Schultz, the 2014 Adult Honoree. Karen is Vice President, Patient Care, for The Queen's Medical Center and has recently undergone surgery for her severe arthritis.

For the first time this year, the Arthritis Foundation will be honoring the Yoshizu 'Ohana from Waialua, Hawai'i as the 2014 Honorary Family. Bradley, Sharon, Shaley, Sadie, and Shyana, exemplify the true meaning of "'ohana" by supporting one another through numerous health challenges. Sharon and her 10 year-old daughter Shaley, both suffer from severe forms of arthritis; Sharon diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 21 and Shaley, diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of 2. Living with arthritis makes every day activities difficult and it's because of family support that both Sharon and Shaley continue to strive to improve the quality of their lives.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis® is the Arthritis Foundation's annual nationwide signature event that raises funds and awareness to find a cure for the nation's leading cause of disability. Participants walk as individuals or in teams in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis. People with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. The event features a one-mile or three-mile course in historic downtown Honolulu at the Hawai'i State Capitol with activities for the entire family, a Keiki Zone, live entertainment, food, beverages and arthritis information. For more information about the Hawai'i Walk to Cure Arthritis, please click here.

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