by Howie Damron
Our Special Project this year is the Canadian Arthritis Society
Do you know that for children and families living with a life-threatening illness, normal means frequent trips to the emergency department, numerous missed days at school and at work, and constant bouts of pain and anxiety? Every moment, every day is like a precious gift for critically ill children and their families, who live with so much uncertainty.
The word arthritis means inflammation of the joint (“arthr” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation). Inflammation is a medical term describing pain, stiffness, redness and swelling. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Some are caused by joint inflammation, while others are caused by progressive bone and joint damage. Arthritis is among the leading causes of disability in Canada, affecting more than four million people of every age, physical condition and ethnic background. To keep things simple we will divide arthritis into two categories — inflammatory and degenerative.
For more information, go online to arthritis.ca or call 1.800.321.1433 to obtain all the information you require.
We ask for your help in supporting this very worthwhile cause.