- Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:55
- Written by Super User
Kensleigh Ables, and Katie Campana, juniors at Asheley High School, are serving as volunteer Youth Co-Chairs for the Wilmington Arthritis Walk on Sunday, October 27th at Hugh MacRae Park. “People may think it’s strange for a teenager to be concerned about arthritis but it’s not, “says Katie. “ From the time I was 19 months old until I was five years old I was among the 26,000 kids in the Mid-Atlantic region with Juvenile Arthritis” says Kensleigh. Arthritis is commonly assumed to a disease associated with old age; however, statistics provided by the Arthritis Foundation indicate that 2/3rds of the people in the nation that suffer from the chronic pain of arthritis are under the age of 65. And like Kensleigh, children as young as a year old are diagnosed with the disease. Men, women and children of all ages are affected by the debilitating pain of arthritis, which may occur for reasons as varied as sports injuries to autoimmune causes of the disease.
Ables and Campana invite the greater Wilmington community to attend the 8th annual Arthritis Walk. The event will be held at Hugh MacRae Park from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Sunday, October 27th. “We have a lot of fun, with refreshments, music, and the walk” says Katie. People can bring leased dogs in recognition of the facts that dogs get arthritis too. “And we have a great raffle for local prizes at the end” says Kensleigh. More information on the walk is available at www.wilmingtonarthritiswalk.org. Donations may be made to the girls’ team “Kensleigh and Katie’s Krew” via the website. “We’re raising money to fund the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, and to find a cure for this disease. We hope people in the community will join us”.