Saturday, 29 May 2010

Wendel Clark joins the fight against arthritis

Canadian hockey legend available to discuss his personal experience with the disease and his participation in the Walk to Fight Arthritis

TORONTO, May 29, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - This Sunday, May 30, the Arthritis Society brings the Walk to Fight Arthritis, presented by the makers of TYLENOL(R), to communities across Canada, including Toronto, to help raise funds and awareness for the leading cause of disability in Canada.

For more than four million Canadians, arthritis is a debilitating and life-changing disease. While many believe that arthritis affects primarily the elderly, most people currently living with the disease are under the age of 65.

Joining the thousands expected to show their support across the country is hockey legend, Wendel Clark, who will be participating in the Toronto Walk and proudly wearing a special Blue Badge to show his connection to the cause and the fight against arthritis. All walk participants will be given a Blue Badge to wear during the walk to demonstrate that there are multiple forms of arthritis and that it impacts Canadians of all ages and not just the elderly.

Wendel is walking for his mother-in-law, who has struggled with severe arthritis in her joints, hands and fingers for the past 20 years. He is also walking for the number of friends and former hockey teammates who have developed arthritis over the years. This is a cause that is very close to Wendel.

Wendel Clark will be available on-site to discuss how arthritis has affected his life and the importance of finding a cure for this disease, including:

- Why participating in the Walk to Fight Arthritis is so important to him;
- How Canadians can support cutting-edge research and essential programs that support those living with arthritis;
- Tips on how to manage certain types of arthritis; and,
- The best resources for patient, friends and family to find information and support.

The Toronto Walk will be held at Glendon College of York University (2275 Bayview Ave.) and will start at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Participants can choose to walk 1 or 5 km. In addition to the Walk, lots of activities including lunch, entertainment, music and attendance prizes are planned for walkers and families.

For more information on tomorrow's Walk to Fight Arthritis, visit

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