Team CrankMyChain is doing its civic duty by cranking out 380 miles in order to raise funds for the arthritis foundation. Our goal is to raise $2500 by the end of this week. Won't you help?
The link to donate to Team CrankMyChain is here: http://bit.ly/crankthecoast
Why support the Arthritis Foundation?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are over 50 million people in the United States diagnosed with arthritis, which is over one-fifth of the general population. Their estimate grows to 67 million, or one-quarter of the general population, by the year 2030. Arthritis is a disease that affects people of all demographics, including 300,000 children affected by chronic auto-immune diseases conditions. The CDC also estimates that roughly one-third of diagnosed cases of arthritis result in some form of limited mobility or disability and costs the US economy $128 billion annually.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Pacific Northwest Chapter covers Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
For every dollar raised by the Arthritis Foundation:
49¢ goes towards funding research approved by our Peer Review Process.
19¢ goes towards Public Education programs, such as our Kids and Teens camps.
8¢ goes towards Patient and Community Services, such as Lifestyle Improvement exercise programs.
4¢ goes towards Professional Education programs, updating medical providers on the latest in arthritis treatment.
10¢ cents goes towards Fundraising efforts.
10¢ cents goes towards Administrative costs.