Arthritis Walk on tap Sunday |

Arthritis Walk on tap Sunday

Feeling achy? Bones beginning to hurt more than they used to? It may not be age, it may be arthritis. It’s not only for your grandparents any longer. Arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children and young adults worldwide.The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, in association with American National Bank of Glenwood Springs, will help the town host its first Arthritis Walk on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Two Rivers Park.Matt Thayer, special events manager for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, said that most walks are set up by the foundation itself but, in some circumstances people contact the foundation to help bring a walk to their town. In this particular instance, American National Bank contacted them.”It’s a big problem and we wanted to support it locally,” said Scott Sobke, ANB branch president.”I know a lot of people who are affected by it in the valley,” he said. “Most people don’t know how big of a problem it can be. It can be lethal. We wanted to do something to raise awareness.”Teams of around 10 participants are formed by first selecting a team leader. Then family members, friends and co-workers can join and help by raising money individually for the team. However, you don’t have to be part of a team to walk in Sunday’s event.”We love donations of any amount,” Sobke said. “But, you don’t have to even donate, you can just come down and have a good time.”There are no registration fees for the walk and donations will be accepted during the event.The money raised will go to directly support arthritis research, community programs, services and advocacy initiatives that help improve the lives of people living with the disease.”The whole program is a fundraiser but it’s not only a fundraiser,” Sobke said. “With the first one we really wanted to make the awareness of the event known, so that each year it will grow.”Sobke expects that at least 150 people will walk in Sunday’s event, but he hopes for over 200, he said.Registration for the Arthritis Walk will begin an noon on Sunday. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. with two different courses taking participants on a one- or three-mile trek around parts of the town. It is a family- and dog-friendly event that will include other fun activities, including a live band and a barbecue.Participants with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action over the condition. However, you don’t have to have arthritis to participate. Anyone who wants to help can walk for a family member who is affected, a friend, or can just come out for a good time to raise money for the foundation.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

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