Thursday, January 29, 2009


At the Arthritis Foundation’s Commitment to a Cure luncheon in November 2008 my daughters, Norma and Julie, and I presented how arthritis affected our lives. In December, the three of us volunteered at the Denver Jingle Bell Run. We had a great time working at the incentive booth, giving awards for extra donations. Although it was very cold, we met a lot of people who braved the weather and turned out to walk or run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Norma’s RA continues to be under control. Julie’s fractured kneecap is healing, although surgery to repair a torn meniscus is still questionable.

We are well into 2009 now and like everyone else I have committed to making changes to better my health. I am concentrating on a healthy eating program. I was successful in avoiding most of the goodies in front of me through the holidays. With my daughter Norma, I have gone back to the water aerobics class twice a week. I could really feel the difference in my knee and hip when not utilizing the warm water exercise for two weeks, proof that the exercise promoted by the Arthritis Foundation works!!!

This is going to be a challenging year for the Arthritis Foundation. I know that our dedicated staff and wonderful volunteers will make it a successful year.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Join the Movement!

Come check out and take a minute to sign-up. It's free and it's a great start to a healthier you in 2009. Come see what that movements all about! :)

Or if you just want to try something new...come check out one of our walks this spring!

The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide walk event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. The event takes place during the month of May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month.

May 2, 2009 at Bozeman Ponds in Bozeman Montana starting at 11am.
May 2, 2009 at America The Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs starting at 11am.
May 17, 2009 at Washington Park in Denver starting at 11am.

You can sign-up at So come show your support and walk to a healthier you.

Don’t close the book…a New chapter has just begun!

This week marks the beginning of a chapter in the history of the world as our nation reaches out to one another to build a positive and optimistic future. New partnerships will be formed as people work together for a common goal…a goal that seeks to strengthen family, friends, neighbors, and the whole community. The Arthritis Foundation finds pride in serving the nation, as we touch people’s lives locally. For nearly sixty years and twelve sitting presidents, the Rocky Mountain Chapter has formed partnerships that seek to bring comfort, knowledge, and guidance to those living with arthritis. With out the support of people like you, we would fall short of our mission to “improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases”. Investing in the Foundation is an investment in people around you. Can you help us grow as a nation and as a community? Do you have some time, talents, or resources that you would like to share? Let us know if you would like to assist in building a more positive and optimistic future. We have many more chapters to turn together. Talk to you soon partner!

Friday, January 16, 2009

What's Your Dream?

On Monday, January 19, 2009 the country will be celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1994 this holiday has been a national Day of Service. This year there will be thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds joining together to strengthen communities, empower individuals and bridge barriers in our country.

Thousands of people with one goal, to willingly give of their time to bring about a positive change for someone or something else. Think of the possibilities if this wasn’t just one day a year but instead, once a month or once a week. We have an incredible opportunity to be a catalyst for change. It’s an opportunity that could truly change our communities and the country. I’d love to hear how you’ll be recognizing this day, you can email your plans to volunteer, donate funds or help someone carry their groceries to

Friday, January 9, 2009

Becoming A Member

Interested in becoming a member? Well, it's only 20$ a year and we will send you our quarterly newsletter and send you up to date information on our events. All of the money goes to Arthritis Research and the more support we get the better our chances are for finding a cure. It's for a great cause! So please take a minute to help show your support.

Or if you would just like some information then please feel free to visit our website or call us direct.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you,
The Arthritis Foundation-Rocky Mountain Chapter

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009 A New Year

New Years is my favorite part of the year because it’s a time full of hope and optimism. As I continue planning for 2009, I get excited to see where new physical activity trainings will be, and how to reach under served communities. Last night, we had a meeting with our JA Workgroup and their passion to help other families is contagious. This year we will have a panel discussion in February, an event for transitioning teens in April, and of course our annual JA Day on August 15th. Along with lectures, education days and more, 2009 will be better than ever…