Arthritis is a disease that affects people of all ages and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions have been identified.
In 2007, Logan’s involvement started as a small investment. The University made a corporate donation and put together a team that raised $3,300 for the St. Louis Walk to Cure Arthritis.
“Over the next few years, their support really increased,” said Kim Rosenthal, development manager of the Arthritis Foundation’s Heartland Region. “Students showed up in droves to help set up, clean up and volunteer, and in 2012, Logan professor and Chairman of the Clinical Sciences Division Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART, stepped in as chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. That’s when the relationship really took off.”
That year, the Walk to Cure Arthritis moved from Forest Park to Logan’s campus, and in 2013, the Logan team helped raise more than $20,000 for the foundation.
Kim said the Logan campus is not only a beautiful venue, but is self-contained and has ample parking. “Also, the campus is accessible to all individuals and allows us to set up vendors and have families picnic in the grassy areas,” she said.
This year, Logan has put together a large committee made up of students, faculty and staff that meet monthly to discuss fundraising and event details. Additionally, the committee has set a $25,000 fundraising goal for the Logan team with the hope of registering 500 individuals for the walk.
Director of Academic Assessment Martha Kaeser, DC, MEd, serves as this year’s chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Because arthritis affects men, women, the young and the elderly, Dr. Kaeser said it makes sense that Logan recognizes the impact they have in educating those affected on ways to manage pain.
“Everything from nutritional advice and manual therapy to exercise regimens can help individuals feel better,” she said. “I’m excited about the level of support and commitment Logan has shown this year and look forward to a great event.”
Sherrie Giddens, past event chair and current team captain for this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, has been named the 2016 Logan Team Honoree. Sherrie, who is affected by rheumatoid arthritis, is an advocate of chiropractic treatment and recently shared her story with Logan students.
“The fact that Logan students are talking about arthritis to their sphere of influence and we’re talking about Logan to our sphere of influence is connecting people all around our area,” Jan said. “Chiropractic is another form of therapy for people with arthritis. Just as important as raising money is people knowing that there are alternative therapies for treating pain.”
The 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held on Logan's campus on Friday, May 20th at 7pm. Visit WalkToCureArthritis.org/StLouis for more information and to register as a participant of the Logan team.