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ANRF and Walk Your AS Off Striving to Fund AS Research Grant
Date:3/8/2013

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 08, 2013

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) is partnering with Walk Your AS Off in an effort to raise $75,000 for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) research. The annual walk spans two months of active participation. It just began on March 1st and it will continue until World AS Day on May 4th. Every participant’s collective steps are tracked, creating a global effort to benefit a great cause and take small steps together to make a difference. This year, walkers are participating from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific, and Africa.

AS, the focus of the walk, is a chronic, lifelong autoimmune disease in the arthritis family that causes severe back pain and inflammation in spinal joints and has even led to spinal fusion and permanent disability. Studies have shown that these diseases may also affect major organs in the body and other joints as well, both of which can cause serious side effects. Many cases go undiagnosed and it affects approximately 33 million people worldwide.

This year, Walk Your AS Off is shooting for the moon – literally. Last year they were successful in gaining enough steps to circle the globe, so this year the goal is to collect enough footsteps to create an imaginary pathway to the moon. To accomplish this it will take 478 million steps. Along the way, participants will try to raise $75,000 for an AS research grant.

“This year we have doubled the number of teams we had last year and quadrupled the number of people,” said Jenna Visscher, Walk Your AS Off creator and team captain. “We don’t want to just talk the talk about spreading awareness about AS. In order to take great strides to make a difference, we need to wa
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