Saturday, April 27
The event is over, but the FUNdraising continues.
We need just a few thousand dollars to make our goal.
Let's see how far we can go!
Team Spotlight: Team McComb
We are the McComb Family from Austin, Texas. Both of our daughters, ages 13 and 18, have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA).
We are blessed with three wonderful kids, one son and two daughters. Our youngest daughter Molly was honored to be the Honoree for the 2012 Austin Arthritis Walk, and has the most severe case between the two. And, now we are faced with our son potentially being diagnosed. We didn’t know much about JA until about 3 years ago when Molly was diagnosed. What we have learned creates a large range of emotions for us, from hope to humility to fear.
Molly's treatment includes daily medication and injections. She has endured multiple extremely painful surgical joint injection procedures for her hands in the last three years. Molly has trouble opening a door, buttoning her clothes, and is not able to grip a pencil for any length of time. Even though Molly has been taking these aggressive treatment regimens for almost three years, her disease is still not in remission and she has permanent joint damage in her hands. However, Molly’s treatment has given her the opportunity to live her life as she sees fit on her own terms, such as continuing her passion of dance on her competitive dance team.
AnneMarie has had several surgical procedures as well and her arthritis is currently under control with daily medications. She is a freshman at Southern Methodist University and is a proud member of the SMU dance team which proves that athletics, even at a collegiate level, is possible for people with rheumatoid arthritis if it can be controlled through the medications currently available.
What is the difference? Research, drug development and treatment breakthroughs. The Arthritis Foundation does a great job of supporting the fight for a cure for arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Treatment for JA has changed dramatically in only the last 15 years. In fact, a new level of drugs has been developed in just the last 5-10 years. In fact every major treatment discovery has been funded by the Arthritis Foundation at some point in its development.
You can support Team McComb here.
Thank you for participating in the 2013 Austin Arthritis Walk, the signature fundraising event for the Arthritis Foundation. Every year, people across the country move together to celebrate those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with arthritis.
More than just an event, Arthritis Walk is a celebration of year-round movement. It is building awareness for this debilitating disease and raising necessary funds to drive arthritis research, education and life improvement programs; it also continues the Arthritis Foundation’s search to find a cure to the nation’s leading cause of disability.
2013 Medical Honoree
We're pleased to announce Allyson McDonough, MD as Medical Honoree of the 2013 Austin Arthritis Walk. To read more about Dr. McDonough, go here.
2013 Faces of Arthritis
Arthritis is a life-changing disease and can affect anyone at any age. Pictured below are just a few of the 50 million faces of arthritis. Click the image below to read more about our 2013 Faces of Arthritis for the Austin Arthritis Walk.
Our mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. When you join us at the Arthritis Walk, you're not moving alone -- you are becoming part of a community looking to achieve better health and change lives at the same time. We look forward to seeing you at the Arthritis Walk!
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