Welcome and we hope you are able to join us for the 2011 Arthritis Golf Classic
the event will take place Monday, September 19
at The Links at Cottonwoods
Tunica resorts, Mississippi
Lunch at noon
Shotgun start at 1pm
Fore the Cause
Perfectly manicured fairways, bright blue sky, a slight breeze that lifts your golf ball toward the green. Many people relax this way every year, enjoying hours of leisure time on the links. But what if you have arthritis? And the pain you suffer each day stops you from playing the game you love…
In 2010, pro-golfer Phil Mickelson revealed that he has psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that can come on suddenly and cause searing pain. After his diagnosis, Mickelson began a weekly regimen of an injected biologic drug that helps to lower levels of a protein that spurs inflammation.
This discovery, brought about in part by research funded by the Arthritis Foundation, has completely changed the face of treating some forms of arthritis. With treatment, many patients with inflammatory arthritis are able to manage their symptoms and return to the activities they love. In Mickelson’s case, he says that quick diagnosis and effective treatment helped him get back in the game.
Playing golf can be good for your arthritis too! Golf can enhance the strength and mobility of your upper extremities, spine, hips and lower extremities, and it can improve balance and coordination. Walking the course can also provide health benefits. So whether you’ve played golf for years or are interested in trying it for the first time, arthritis doesn’t have to slow you down!
Arthritis hurts every family and the limitations of this disease are
simply not acceptable!
Arthritis comprises more than 100 different forms of rheumatic and joint disease, and is the number one cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
The Arthritis Foundation supports research, health education and government advocacy efforts to improve the lives of the 50 million Americans with arthritis, including nearly 1.2 million Tennessee adults and nearly 6, 000 children. Right here in West Tennessee, we fund the work of six scientists dedicated to the study of arthritis, along with providing health education and programming for the residents of 21 counties.
Funds raised at the 2011 Arthritis Foundation Golf Classic will help the Foundation fund more research and reach more families. Arthritis is more than “aches and pains” and the families limited by the disease deserve a chance to return to the things they love – like golf!
So come out and play “fore” the cause - to improve your health, and to help us help others with arthritis!