Over 2,000 runners and walkers will be on hand at the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford 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. As the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, national fundraising event, the Walk to Cure Arthritis brings together communities to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to your community.
The Walk to Cure Arthritis will serve as the opening event for the NBC4 and Telemundo47 Health and Fitness Expo, presented by Quest Diagnostics, at MetLife Stadium. Walk and Expo attendees will walk the 50 yard line at MetLife Stadium, watch a healthy cooking demonstration, tour the Giants’ locker room, practice yoga and meet players from the New York Giants.
Former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford will lead the Walk and the opening program. Weatherford was signed as a free agent by the Giants in 2011 and set a Super Bowl record in the Giants victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. His passion for football and fitness is equally matched by his passion for charity work.
Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, is scheduled to appear to thank top Walk to Cure Arthritis fundraisers in the VIP area at the event. Cruz was signed by the Giants in 2010 and selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2012. Cruz’s career total 264 receptions place him 12th on the Giants’ career list.
In the United States alone, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The New Jersey 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 Medical Honoree, Dr. Yukiko Kimura. “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of better 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, New Jersey can Walk to Cure Arthritis and help us reach our goal of raising $325,000 to help find a cure for this disease.”
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally presented by Amgen and sponsored by Massage Envy and Aleve. To register for the New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis or to learn more about the event, visit walktocurearthritis.org/newjersey or contact Amy Boright, CFRE at 856-673-1361. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit walktocurearthritis.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.