- Why did The Patterson Foundation decide to honor debilitating diseases like arthritis as initiatives?
Debilitating diseases were a part of Jim and Dorothy’s everyday lives. Dorothy lived with crippling rheumatoid arthritis for many years.
- Who is affected by arthritis?
Nearly 4 million people in Florida alone have arthritis. That is 27 percent of Florida’s population. Arthritis affects people of all ages – including children.
- What can I do for my arthritis?
Moving is the best medicine to live better with arthritis or to prevent it. Many Arthritis Foundation events and programs are designed to include physical activity as a way to keep people moving toward better health, improved fitness and less pain. For information, please visit www.arthritis.org.
- How will The Patterson Foundation begin to make an impact for the Arthritis Initiative?
The Patterson Foundation has matched up to $500,000 in donations raised for the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter during the 2010 statewide Jingle Bell Run/Walk events. Best practices have been captured to take future Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter events to greater heights of success.
- What is The Jingle Bell Run/Walk?
Each year during late November and early December in cities across Florida, thousands of runners and walkers put a jingle in their step and kick off the holidays by helping to fight arthritis during this 5K-run/walk event.
- How will the matching funds be used?
The matching donation from The Patterson Foundation to the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter will begin an endowment fund that will help move beyond the present to a world free of arthritis pain.
- Why did The Patterson Foundation participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk?
When The Patterson Foundation undertakes a strategic initiative, this translates to partnering with others. We believe that there is value beyond any gift. The foundation chose to help the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter maximize its financial thrivability by inspiring philanthropy through the match and leveraging communications to help increase fundraising.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis was a fun and festive way for The Patterson Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation to make a difference in the lives of people with arthritis and their families.
- How is The Patterson Foundation (TPF) working with the Arthritis Foundation/Florida Chapter (AFFC) to create new realities?
The Patterson Foundation (TPF) brought a whole new approach to the private foundation/ nonprofit relationship. By “partnering” with the Arthritis Foundation/ Florida Chapter (AFFC) and being tolerant of risk and experimentation, the AFFC has been afforded the privilege of trying new approaches to old problems, networking to uncover creative ideas and seeking the answers to unresolved questions such as how to ensure sustainability.
- What is the partnership doing to promote sustainability?
TPF has pledged to match funds raised by the AFFC through the 2010 Florida Jingle Bell Run/ Walks. The matching funds will be used to seed an endowment which will support programs and services designed to improve the quality of life for Floridians with arthritis. TPF and AFFC are also engaged in a collaborative effort to ensure sustainability by investigating improved fundraising techniques which will enhance capacity to grow the endowment over time.
- What will the endowment do?
It will allow a constant revenue stream to support the AFFC’s programs and services such as JA Summer Camps for children with arthritis, the Life Improvement Series, advocacy and professional development.
- What is the Life Improvement Series?
The Arthritis Foundation (AF) Life Improvement Series, including the AF Aquatic Program, AF Exercise Program and AF Self-Help program, are effective arthritis self-management education and exercise programs that have been proven to decrease the pain and disability that result from arthritis.
- How can I become more involved with the Arthritis Foundation in Florida?
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national, voluntary health agency seeking the causes, cures, preventions and treatments for the more than 100 forms of arthritis. As a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization we value our volunteers, donors and supporters. Volunteers lead, plan and help conduct our fundraising events, Life Improvement Series programs and our E-Advocates. To become a member or donate on-line go to www.arthritis.org or call 800-672-0882 to find an office near you.
- Where can I find more information on arthritis treatments and programs?
www.arthritis.org offers information on arthritis, treatments and healthy lifestyle tips to combat the effects of arthritis. Call the Arthritis Answer Line at 800-850-9455 to request brochures, receive a complimentary copy of Arthritis Today, or find an arthritis specialist or exercise program in your area.
- What types of programs do you have for children with arthritis?
The Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter offers educational materials, family support and networking opportunities for children and their families dealing with Juvenile Arthritis. Each summer AFFL offers a week of free summer camp especially designed for JA. Please call our program office at 800-850-9455 or view our Juvenile Arthritis tab at www.arthritis.org/chapters/florida.
- What are the warning signs of arthritis?
- Pain - Can be ongoing or can come and go. It may occur when you are moving or after you have been still for some time. You may feel pain in one joint or in many parts of your body.
- Occasional swelling and/ tenderness
- Difficulty moving a joint
- Redness around a joint
If you have one or more of these symptoms consult your physician. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to slow or prevent damage to the joints.