Saturday morning with the temperature climbing to 90 degrees and the humidity feeling like 100% (not sure what it really was), TEAM THERESA assembled at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City and participated in the 2012 Arthritis Foundation Walk. A few months ago I shared with you my goal of walking in this 5K, click here to read that post.
This event raises funds for arthritis research, education and life improvement programs. As someone who has been living with arthritis for 10 years, I fully understand the value of this organization. I have often gone to their website to read information on pain relief, prepping for surgery and how exercise can play a role in treatment.
Before the walk began, my great niece and nephews got to take a few spins on a couple of the rides in the Planet Snoopy area.
There was even a little face painting going on….
There were also booths set up with information about arthritis and tables of water, fruits and donuts.
The walk itself was not too bad, although I am pretty sure just walking from the parking lot to the Planet Snoopy area of World’s of Fun was about a 5K in itself.
After the walk I had my picture taken with Ellie Fuson, the 9 year old walk honoree who has juvenile arthritis. Although we were told that Ellie’s arthritis is under control through medications and keeping active, I have a hard time imaging a young child living with the pain of arthritis everyday.
The event raised over $50,000 dollars for the Arthritis Foundation with Team Theresa winning third place for the most funds raised in the Individual Team Category. I want to thank everyone who contributed and all those that walked with me on this very hot day!