Media Advisory - Join the fight against arthritis this weekend

First annual Walk to Fight Arthritis takes place Sunday, May 30, at Langara Park

VANCOUVER, May 29 /CNW/ - On Sunday, May 30, the Arthritis Society brings the Walk to Fight Arthritis, presented by the makers of TYLENOL(R), to communities across Canada, including Vancouver, 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 are Amy Stephenson and Tania Chiu, who will be participating in the Vancouver walk and proudly wearing special Blue Badges to show their 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.

    Date:     Sunday, May 30

    Time:     10:00 am - opening remarks

              10:30 - 11:30 am - walk

              10:00 am - 11:45 am - spokespeople available for media

    Location: Langara Park on West 49th Avenue (between Alberta and
              Columbia), Vancouver

    Parking:  Langara College parking lot, entrance West 49th Ave between
              Alberta and Columbia

Spokespeople available for media interviews include walk participants Amy Stephenson and Tania Chiu; Nancy Roper, interim executive director of The Arthritis Society BC & Yukon and Dr. Ted Hughes, Chair of The Arthritis Society BC & Yukon. They can speak to how arthritis affects lives and the importance of finding a cure for this disease.

For more information on the Walk to Fight Arthritis, visit


For further information: For further information: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Sarah Burgess, Edelman, Cell: (604) 805-2907,

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