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Arthritis Walk Takes First Step

Valencia Acura hosts Arthritis Walk Kick Off Party.

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Travis Shaffery, the Arthritis Walk Honoree

This year, on April 27th, the Arthritis Foundation will hold its Fourth Annual Arthritis Walk at the Bridgeport Community Park, in hopes of raising both funds for research and community awareness of the disease which affects 46 million people in the United States alone.

 

Among the attendees, was the Arthritis Walk’s Honoree, 21 year old Travis Shaffery, a Valencia High School grad and a Cal State Northridge University student, who was just 10 years old when he was diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.  Both his mother, Joni Shaffery, the Arthritis Walk Vice Chair, and father, John Shaffery of Pool and Shaffery LLP, spoke last evening about their family’s personal experience with the disease.  

 

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Cheri Fleming, during an interview with KHTS AM 1220

Also at the event, was Cheri Fleming, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 29.  Assemblyman Cameron Smyth awarded Fleming with the “Certificate of Honor” as a recipient of the “Beverly ‘Twigg’ Kennedy Award”, which is given to extraordinary Arthritis Foundation volunteers who possess the qualities and virtues of the late volunteer “Twigg’ Kennedy.  

For more information or to register online, visit www.scvarthritiswalk.org or call (818) 995-7378. Onsite registration for the Santa Clarita Arthritis Walk will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 27. Warmup exercises will begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K and One Mile Option walks begin at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 10:30 a.m.  

 

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Travis Shaffery shares his story.
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Don Fleming, Arthritis Walk Chair and Sponsorship Chair

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John Shaffery
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Director of Neuroscience, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Patrice Hallak
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Myles McNamara of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care
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Roger Seaver, CEO of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
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Dr. Yoon Min, Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, Arthritis Walk Medical Chair

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Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Honorary Walk Chair

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Joni Shaffery, Arthritis Walk Vice Chair

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Arthritis Walk Takes First Step

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