Western MA Walk to Cure Arthritis Slated for May 22

WESTFIELD — More than 100 walkers will be on hand at the 2022 Western MA Walk to Cure Arthritis on Sunday, May 22 at Stanley Park in Westfield, to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis and make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event. Local youth honoree Robinson Agresto will share his inspiring story of living with juvenile arthritis during the opening ceremony of the Western MA Walk to Cure Arthritis.

In the U.S. alone, nearly 60 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. It is a leading cause of work disability, with $303.5 billion in annual costs for medical care and lost earnings. Arthritis affects one in four Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. The Western MA Walk to Cure Arthritis will help those living with arthritis by supporting programs, research, and advocacy initiatives, as well as funding crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” Senior Executive Director Erica D’Agostino said, noting that the fundraising goal for the local event is $20,000. “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a ‘champion of yes,’ helping us build a lifetime of better while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community.”

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally presented by Horizon. To register for the Western MA Walk to Cure Arthritis or to learn more about the event, visit www.walktocurearthritis.org/westernma or call D’Agostino at (857) 327-5688 or Cindy Senk at (413) 575-4551. To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation’s quest to cure arthritis, visit arthritis.org/walk.