The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at UCLA will honor former Navy SEAL Jason Cabell and Rheumatologist Dr. Christine Lee. Cabell represents the one-in-three veterans with arthritis. Medical honoree Christine Lee, MD, MPH, specializes in rheumatology, working with Dr. Daniel J. Wallace and affiliate with Attune Health in Beverly Hills. Cabell and Lee are committed to helping the event reach its fundraising goal of $200,000 and to supporting the more than 54-million Americans with arthritis, America’s No. 1 cause of disability.
The largest arthritis gathering in the world and the Arthritis Foundation’s flagship fundraising event, the Los Angeles Walk to Cure Arthritis brings the community together to celebrate arthritis warriors and connect with each other, while raising funds for research, resources and a cure. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in this year’s Walk, which the public is invited to join.
“The pain of arthritis may not always be visible, but is incredibly real and a serious health problem. For 70 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been committed to conquering this disease through life-changing programs and services like this one, which we’re excited to say, continues to grow year over year,” said Phillip Hain, Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation Los Angeles Office.
Veteran honoree Jason Cabell has a remarkable sense of resolve, courage and tenacity that landed him in the Navy without knowing how to swim. He learned fast and went on to serve as a decorated, active, combat Navy SEAL for 20 years. Jason returned from combat 90 percent disabled, but injury and arthritis did not stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a writer and director.
Dr. Christine Lee Rheumatology was a natural fit for medical honoree and Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Christine Lee. “A big part of rheumatology is the joints—arthritis and functional mobility,” she says.
Growing up as a dancer and watching her dad struggle with mobility in his leg due to polio gave her an understanding of how important it is to get up and be active, and how devastating it is when you can’t move. She has seen firsthand how medicine can change the lives of those around her and empower long-lasting relationships between physicians and patients—the inspiration for Dr. Lee's desire to specialize in rheumatology.
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is nationally sponsored by Amgen, AbbVie, Sanofi Genzyme, Bristol-Myers Squibb and CVS Specialty.
o learn more and register for the Los Angeles Walk to Cure Arthritis, visit walktocurearthritis.org/losangeles or contact Erin Matthews at 323.522.4954.
To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit www.walktocurearthritis.org.
To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis and the organization, visit arthritis.org.