The Arthritis Foundation is in the midst of its annual fundraising season following their flagship event–Walk to Cure Arthritis–which had gone virtual due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Jonathon Schneider, a 12-year-old from Huntingdon, has had juvenile arthritis for the past six years and participated in the virtual walk May 16.
“Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, affecting one in four Americans, including more than 300,000 children, and our community needs us now more than ever,” said Melissa Schneider, Arthritis Foundation volunteer and mother of Jonathon, a former Walk to Cure Arthritis Youth Honoree.
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 fundraising effort is ongoing until July 9, and folks can support the cause by donating at: www.WalkToCureArthritis.org.
More than 54 million Americans live with arthritis and the foundation is calling upon Huntingdon County to give $54, tell 54 people and move for 54 minutes.
The local Huntingdon Moose Family Center 223/220 donated $1,250 to Jonathon’s campaign.
Jonathon spoke about why he participates in the Walk to Cure Arthritis every year.
“I walk to support my drive to help find a cure for myself, others who suffer, and future kids who will struggle and become diagnosed,” he said. “Walking with others forms form a common bond and shows that we are all alike. Every step I take walking is an accomplishment that I can do something, because some days I cannot even accomplish walking. I want to share my life story and my life struggles to educate others on how much arthritis affects our lives,” he said.
Nathan can be reached at email@example.com.