People & Places: Arthritis Foundation benefit luncheon set
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, November 12, 2012
11/12/12 at 6:12 AM
The Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Oklahoma will hold its annual Commitment to a Cure benefit luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Doubletree Warren Place, 6110 S. Yale Ave.
There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required.
Three people who have been affected by arthritis will speak: Melanie Collins will discuss the process of getting a proper diagnosis for her now 6-year-old daughter, Ella; Kristy Long will talk about being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis as an adult; and Jennifer Tetley will speak on how she has kept the disease from controling her life.
Arthritis affects 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. In Oklahoma, 820,000 adults and 3,500 children suffer from arthritis. The disease claims the lives of nearly 10,000 people each year.
It is the leading cause of disability and costs the economy $128 billion each year, advocates say.
Donations made during the event will help fund research, local programs and services, and advocacy efforts aimed at improving the lives of people living with arthritis.
"The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising the awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease," said Sherri O'Neil, regional vice president of community development. "We do this by funding life-changing research, fighting for health-care policies that improve the lives of millions and providing people with exercise and educational programs. Events like Commitment to a Cure help us raise the funding that each of these require."
Camille and Tom Benson are event underwriters.
For more information or for reservations, contact Whitney Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-400-4526.
For more, go to tulsaworld.com/arthritisok
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Melanie Collins (left), Whitney Parker, Eastern Oklahoma Arthritis Foundation community development manager, and Jennifer Tetley are preparing for the Arthritis Foundation's Commitment to a Cure benefit luncheon Tuesday. Collins and Tetley will speak. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World