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What Is Living With Arthritis Like?

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:49pm

Take a moment and imagine your joints continually in pain. Buttoning your shirt is difficult. Removing the lid from a jar is painful. Sleep doesn't come easy. Now imagine that this pain has been a part of your life for many years.

My wife Kim lives the life you have just imagined. She suffers from several forms of arthritis. She has had to give up a successful retail business. Our family activities had to be limited. She is always fatigued due to the emotional strain of struggling with the pain and the lack of adequate sleep. Kim and millions like her need our help.

Most of my volunteer efforts over the past 3 years have been devoted to the Arthritis Foundation for this reason. They are effective at helping those with arthritis and are working hard to find ways to prevent and cure the many forms of arthritis. They have had many successes, but there is much more to do. I am passionate about helping them do that.

This is the 3rd year I have chaired the Fredericksburg Arthritis Walk to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. This year's walk is scheduled on May 3rd.

My personal goal is to raise more than $1,000 by the end of this month. I need your help to do that. You can help in 2 ways:

  1. Please consider clicking on the "Help Stomp Out Arthritis" badge below and making a personal donation of $10 or more to the Arthritis Foundation.
  2. Roger Carr badge for Fredericksburg Arthritis Walk

  3. If you own a website or blog, you can encourage others to give by letting them know you are a supporter. You can blog about this fundraising event, send a notice to your subscribers, and proudly display the badge on your website. To display the badge, insert the following html code where you want the badge displayed:

    <a target="_blank" href=""><img width="110" height="110" border="0" alt="Roger Carr badge for Fredericksburg Arthritis Walk" src=""></

    If you aren't sure how or where to enter the code, send me an email at and I will try to help you.

When you make a donation and/or announce the event in some way, please let me know. I would like to thank you publicly for your help.

Don't delay, April 30th is not far from now. Make a difference today. You will feel great and be glad you did.

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