Over the weekend, in order to raise awareness and support those affected by this disease, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation organized its special nationwide event “Walk for Arthritispatients”.
The open house event, supported by the Dubai Municipality and Dubai Public Gardens, focused on removing the stigma associated with this debilitating disease.
The Foundation was delighted to run this year’s walking marathon under the theme #Together we beat arthritis. The event saw the participation of hundreds of community members in support of this worthy cause.
Arthritis fighters with their families and friends walked 3.5 kilometers along Dubai Creek Park on Saturday morning. The focus of the event was to raise awareness of arthritis and misconceptions about it by sharing insights from dedicated clinicians, as well as providing support to sufferers of this disease, while walking and getting exposure to sunlight to stabilize vitamin D in the body, in addition to other activities with a Family Fun atmosphere. The costume competition, warm-up sessions with Fitness First and enthusiastic dance sessions with Dance Fitness Studio took place. To end the event comfortably, the participants enjoyed a cool-down session with the professional trainers of Fitness First.
Following the success of the 2022 Walk Together for Arthritis Patients, Dr. Himra Badsha, Consultant Rheumatologist and Founding Member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation, commented, “The main goal of the event was to spread awareness about autoimmune disease, which has been diagnosed by more than It affects 350 million people worldwide and affects 1 in 5 people in the UAE itself, including children.
The Walking Marathon is an essential event to raise a strong, unified voice and awareness dedicated to educating the community about the symptoms of arthritis with a view to managing it in a timely manner, as well as providing the proper guidance and support. It was a pleasure to see so many participants joining our organization’s community and supporting each other throughout the journey, although everyone is also fighting their own battle.”
Sanria Khan, an active member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation, commented: “People are often unaware and unaware of bone health and any other disease that develops within their bodies, especially when it comes to children. It was a pleasure to see this Sincerely, your members come together to raise awareness of chronic arthritis and help spread awareness Thank you to our partners Pfizer, Eli Lilly, ABV, Novartis, Sandoz, and Newbridge, as well as the City of Dubai, Dubai Public Gardens, Dance Studio, Fitness First, together with students from different schools and universities who actively and continuously support this campaign, striving to support the heroes who fight arthritis on a daily basis.
In addition to the Walking Marathon, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation supports all arthritis sufferers and hosts various events throughout the year to support them and raise awareness of the effective management and treatment of this condition.