From babies to seniors…over 4.6 million Canadians live with arthritis, a chronic disease that leaves a devastating impact on their physical, mental and emotional well-being. As one of the leading causes of long-term disability in Canada, arthritis costs the national economy $33 billion a year.
THEN: Until the late 1940s, people with arthritis had no support. Some were bedridden for years. Some had to wait so long for treatment that in the end joint damage was too severe and irreversible. And, there were no funds dedicated solely on research.
Enter The Arthritis Society.
NOW: Major advances in treatment, interventions (e.g. artificial joints) and medications mean that thousands of Canadians with arthritis are leading better lives.
Living Proof of Donations At Work
Every day is a challenge for Dan, and his daughters Laura and Tracy – they wonder if they will be able to brush their hair, or get dressed in the morning.
“We couldn’t have come this far without the support [from the Arthritis society].”