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Aging Well: Sign up now for "Walk to Cure Arthritis"

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Aging Well: Sign up now for "Walk to Cure Arthritis"

The Arthritis Foundation takes another step towards finding a cure for arthritis. It is hosting a virtual fundraiser in May, and expects 200 people to turn out. Organizers say they hope to raise $85,000 this year. 

Every year, for 23 years, Art Lum has laced up his shoes to participate in the Arthritis Foundation's Walk to Cure Arthritis. "I love to walk and it's a great family fun event," he says. He's a physical therapist and co-owner of Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy, and forms a work team to walk with him. 

These photos were from walks before the pandemic, when 500 to 1,000 people would join together for the one mile walk. This year, it's virtual. But Lum says it's still going to be just as fun. "With technology we're able to spread it beyond ourselves to the bigger community. I'm looking forward to it," he says.

One out of every four adults is affected by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation says that's a disease that causes joint pain, but there are more than 100 types of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Osteoarthritis is what older people usually develop. That happens when cartilage breaks down, leaving bones that rub up against each other.

Allison Higa of the Arthritis Foundation notes how common this disease is: "Everyone knows someone like an auntie or uncle with a sore knee or pain in their back."

Some people really suffer. She says, "They cannot go more than a few moments without experiencing pain."

Treatment now consists of painful shots. But one day, advocates hope there will be a better remedy. Organizers say they hope to raise $85,000 this year towards research, prevention, education, and ultimately, a cure.

Lum agrees, "I like those small steps that are leading to improved healthcare and hoping that one day, there'll be a cure."

The walk is on on Sunday, May 16. The link to sign up for the walk is at https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1155. Packet pick up day is on May 8 at the Central Union Church parking lot from 2 to 5 p.m.

KITV4 is partnering with Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii as part of our Ho'okupu campaign. Learn more about that at KITV.com/give.