TORONTO, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ -
|What:||Over 75 individuals will be dancing at one of Canada's busiest intersections in the heart of Toronto to encourage Canadians to MOVE IT for arthritis, a disease affecting more than 4.6 million Canadians.|
|The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of Labour and ambassador of The Arthritis Society's 4th Annual Walk to Fight Arthritis presented by the makers of TYLENOL® will speak following the professionally-choreographed, arthritis-friendly flash mob.|
|Where:||Intersection of Yonge and Dundas Streets|
|When:||Wednesday, May 15, 2013|
|Janet Yale, President and CEO, The Arthritis Society|
|The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour|
|Participants in the flash mob living with arthritis|
|Visuals:||Dance 'flash mob' video and photo ops|
|Why:||Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada, and may cost an estimated $33 billion annually. Funding is urgently needed to turn the tide on the financial, social and emotional costs of the disease.|
|This flash mob aims to increase awareness of the disease and encourage participation in the Walk to Fight Arthritis, presented by the makers of Tylenol® which takes place on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto and 30 other locations across Canada.|
|Multimedia:||The MOVE IT dance can be viewed here:|
ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY
The Arthritis Society is dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis. It is Canada's principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis and their loved ones. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada by investing more than $180 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. For more information, visit www.arthritis.ca.
ABOUT THE WALK TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS
The Walk to Fight Arthritis presented by the makers of TYLENOL® is The Arthritis Society's signature annual fundraising event. The 4th Annual Walk takes place at the on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto and at over 30 other communities across Canada, as well as on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Saskatoon and Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Prince George.
In 2012, more than 7,200 Walk participants raised over $1.5 million to support vital research into treatment and prevention, as well as the delivery of education resources, programs and services for people living with arthritis. To register, donate, volunteer or fundraise visit www.walktofightarthritis.ca.
SOURCE: The Arthritis Society - Ontario Division
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