Walk to Fight Arthritis
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Early bird opportunity to get a Team Ayden t-shirt if you register before June 1st.
Join OMAC World Class Martial Arts and help walk with Team Ayden to #kickarthritis at The Walk to Fight Arthritis, at Dundurn Park on June 7 at 9:30am sharp.
The Walk to Fight Arthritis stretches across Canada to unite families, friends and organizations to achieve one common goal: to help the over 4.6 million Canadians who live with arthritis every day, 24,000 of those are Children!
Registering for the Walk means you join a passionate community that is determined to build awareness of childhood arthritis and raise funds for arthritis research.
Register before June 1st and receive a Team Ayden t-shirt. Wear Team Ayden or your own OMAC t-shirt at the Walk and show your support!
Ayden has never complained about pain in his seven years. Although, eleven of his joints are swollen, one leg is longer than the other and his wrist is stiff and locked making everyday chores difficult.
Ayden perseveres. His Doctor says he doesn’t complain because he has never lived without pain and for him, the soreness and sickness is normal.
The pain escalated last year and Ayden was put on Methotrexate (same drug used to treat cancer – Chemo) making him very weak. He thought he was going to have to give up his dream of achieving his black belt.
His Taekwondo Instructors worked with Ayden to achieve success. In January 2015, Ayden was presented with his brown belt!
‘Arthritis’ means joint inflammation. Juvenile Arthritis, also known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthirits (JIA), is the most common type of the disease found in children under the age of 17.
The disease causes persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, loss of motion and affects the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and internal organs.
JIA is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body mistakenly identifies some of its own cells and tissues as foreign.
Researchers still don’t know exactly why the immune system goes awry in children who develop Juvenile Arthritis.
“Ayden inspires”, says OMAC World Class Martial Arts Instructor Dorijan Music, “Ayden works hard through the pain. And, he is as determined to get his black belt as he is to spread awareness and help end juvenile arthritis. He highlights all of the principals of our club including determination and dedication.”
OMAC wanted to help “Team Ayden” spread awareness of Juvenile Arthritis and raise funds to support much needed programming and research. On March 28, 2015 OMAC hosted a Juvenile Arthritis Taekwondo tournament at our Burlington location and raised almost double of the original target of $15,000. ALL proceeds went directly to The Arthritis Society.