The Arthritis Society's 8th annual fundraiser was held recently to combat arthritis.
Thousands were slated to gather June 4 from 40 communities around Canada and join efforts to find a cure for arthritis at the Walk to Fight Arthritis. The event has raised more than $9 million for research for The Arthritis Society and its education initiatives to date, according to a press release.
The walk helps strengthen the support system for those coping with arthritis and raises awareness in the community to assist those who are living with the disease and residents who are affected by it, according to the release.
"The power to move is something we often take for granted," Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society, said in the release. "So many Canadians with arthritis are denied that freedom. That's why the outpouring of support for this event is so inspiring. The Walk to Fight Arthritis gives Canadians an opportunity move -- and be moved. With every step, we can each help give people the power to live better with arthritis today, while we work together to support the scientific discoveries that will create a future free from arthritis."