|ANNUAL ARTHRITIS BENEFIT WALK TO BE HELD AT SOUTHEASTERN APRIL 30
HAMMOND – A Southeastern
Louisiana University communication class has partnered with the Arthritis
Advocates of Louisiana to sponsor the organization’s annual “Team Up for
Arthritis” 5K walk to benefit arthritis patients.
The walk will begin at
9 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at North Oak Park, located on Southeastern’s
north campus. The donation to walk is $20 per person, which includes a
T-shirt. Children under six years of age can walk for free. Event sponsorships
are also available.
Bridget Adams, one of the
students enrolled in Communication 465 (Public Relations Campaigns) taught
by communication assistant professor Carol Madere, said the event will
begin with a “Richard Simmons-style” warm-up for participants. After the
walk, participants are invited to stay for free food, drinks and entertainment,
as well as a health fair and door prizes.
Adams said the Arthritis
Advocates for Louisiana is the only non-profit organization in Louisiana
dedicated to helping arthritis patients and their families. One out of
every three people in Louisiana has some form of arthritis, including over
5,000 children. Half of all arthritis sufferers are under age 55. There
are also over 100 forms of arthritis, and the disease costs the United
States $82 billion a year.
“All the money raised from
this event stays in the local area to assist in providing programs and
services,” Adams said.
To participate in the walk,
become a sponsor, or get more information about arthritis, call 225-761-8230.