Thursday, April 30, 2009


Our Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program (AFAP) and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) have been a huge success since they were first introduced in 1983. Many of you have been participating in these classes for 25 years, or maybe you just started. But hopefully all of you have seen improvements in your daily activities. The Arthritis Foundation continues to review this program to see what needs fixing to keep it as up-to-date as possible.

As if May 1st, we’d like to introduce our new and improved AFAP and AFEP classes! We are starting to recertify current instructors, and train new instructors, in these programs. New exercises have been added, new educational materials have been introduced and much more! Controlling your arthritis is our goal, and with these new programs we hope that you can achieve this. The best thing to remember? Keep moving, even when it hurts! And don’t forget to attend one of our Arthritis Walks in May near you to keep moving, spread the word, and fight for a cure!


Come join us on May 2nd or May 17th to help support the Arthritis Foundation on our annual Arthritis Walks. The money helps to benefit those struggling with arthritis and helps to benefit research for the foundation.

There will be a "Show us your Moves" booth...come check that out and maybe you'll be featured on our webpage or on our national webpage. It's for a great cause!

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thank You!

Serving as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, I am humbled each day by the generosity of others through donation of their time and talents. One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to know volunteers as individuals. I get to hear about their family and friends, backgrounds, jobs, likes and dislikes, favorite memories and so much more! Together, our volunteers make up a beautiful and diverse patchwork of people.

As April is National Volunteer Month, it is fitting to take a moment to recognize the achievements of our over 300 chapter volunteers. In the last 10 days alone, volunteers represented the Arthritis Foundation at 45, 9Health Fair sites, allowing us to bring help and hope to so many people affected by arthritis.

There are so many reasons that bring volunteers to the Arthritis Foundation, some come because they have arthritis or a friend or family member is affected; it’s an :underdog” non-profit in comparison to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society; and they just want to give something back in whatever way they can. One volunteer’s motivation to volunteer is that, “It gives all of my emotions toward arthritis and the way it affects my son action. It is one way (if the only way) I feel that I can have control over this disease and make all of [his] struggles not in vain.”

No matter what inspires you to volunteer, I thank you for everything!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Southern Colorado Events!

Colorado Springs is moving and shaking with several projects in the works, especially the 5th annual Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at America the Beautiful Park. We are actively recruiting teams and volunteers. Visit our website and register your team today and let’s walk together.

Several health fairs are scheduled during the month of April and the 2nd annual Arthritis Foundation Education day is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at the Palisades at Broadmoor Park. As usual, this education is free and open to the public. Reservations will be required as seating will be limited. Space, food and beverage has been generously donated by the Palisades at Broadmoor Park.

Not only are we gearing up for upcoming “happenings in Colorado Springs” we successfully hosted our inaugural Commitment to a Cure luncheon on March 12th. It was exciting and inspiring at the same time to hear from those we service in our community and know that although we are still in search for a cure, the Arthritis Foundation is a resource for the millions who live with some type of Arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation will celebrate its 17th annual Jewels of the Vine Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 26th at the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs. This wine tasting is our signature fundraising event for Southern Colorado and continues to be a night of fun with live music and dancing, great items to bid on in both our live and silent auctions, and please let’s not forget the wonderful food and wine. Contact Cary Bement-Kelly or Paula Humber at 719-520-5711 for more details.

Live life and have a healthy day!