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|I may have Arthritis - However, Arthritis does not have me!|
| Thank you for supporting Arthritis Foundation! In September 2018 my team and I will ride 525 miles over 8 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour!|
We are TEAM BILLY and we ride in honor of an amazing Arthritis Foundation volunteer Billy Stone that passed away several years ago. We also ride in honor of all the folks that volunteer and participate in this worthy endurance event.
Did you know that the 300,000 kids suffering from various forms of arthritis outnumber all of the kids with juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy combined? Juvenile arthritis is a very serious problem. The Arthritis Foundation does an amazing job supporting these kids and their families. They host special summer camps for these kids with a 1:1 camper/nurse ratio, and support families of small children with tons of information, support, and sometimes even connections.
We all have loved ones who we know suffer from “arthritis”, an umbrella term that actually covers over 120 ailments, but you would be surprised at the number of people you know that suffer quietly.
I was diagnosed in 1985 with Osteoarthritis and began various treatments not wanting to give up my active life. I underwent several operations and had over 40 Synvisc injections. In 2002 I participated in my 1st California Coast Classic. Even though I fought this painful and debilitating form of Arthritis, I continued to ride or volunteer in this event hoping that all of my efforts and those that had supported me would pay off by way of a cure. Sadly, we are not there just yet and we are still a ways off and there is lots of work to do. And, even though my arthritis finally caused me to have both of my knees surgically replaced, I am continuing the fight and ride to help find a cure. This will be the 16th time I will have participated in The California Coast Classic.
With your help, and only with your help, I plan to raise $10,000. These funds will be used to support the wonderful programs offered by the Arthritis Foundation as well as fund scientific research efforts for finding a cure!
I hope that you will support me in this struggle and my team in their efforts by donating now to support me and millions of Americans that suffer with Arthritis. I may have Arthritis, but Arthritis does not have me…
Everyone that donates on my behalf gets to come along with me as I will place their name on my jersey as a tribute. This way you get to come along and I am never alone on the road.
Let’s Take a Ride… Please give generously! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!