Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The Arthritis Foundation's mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
The Arthritis Foundation of New Mexico supports just over 400,000 adults and over 3,000 children living with arthritis. These New Mexicans suffer from over 100 possible types of arthritis, including autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus and more. Over 2/3 of people diagnosed with Arthritis is under the age of 60 and it is the leading cause of disability. It’s so much larger than most people realize.
Some of the programs and services that we offer New Mexicans include aquatic and land exercise, walk with ease walking program, tai chi, nutrition, support groups, continuing education and a Juvenile Arthritis Camp which is held every summer. Our children from all over the state spend a week at our JA camp with specially trained counselors and a nurse. While attending camp, they enjoy horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hiking and many other activities allowing them the chance to just "be kids".
To fund these programs, we have two large fundraisers each year. Jingle Bell Run/Walk in July and the Bone Bash in October.
by Shanelle R. from Albuquerque, NM
It's a great way to support the peple who have arthritis and to show that we care about why we do these things to help out. It is also great if you like to keep a smile on faces instead of sadness. I would like everyone to have someone smile and let them know you care.