TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Arthritis Foundation says arthritis is a leading cause of disability and affects adults and children. Tuesday morning, at its annual breakfast, the foundation affirmed its commitment to a cure.
Guests and supporters packed the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center for the eight annual fundraiser with Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon returning to his hometown as keynote speaker for the event.
"Whenever you can help and give back, you want to do [it]," Turgeon said, adding that he was here to support Voice of the Jayhawks broadcaster Chris Piper and his daughter, who has juvenile arthritis.
Organizers like Tarri Woolery say they know the pain and cost of arthritis first-hand. Woolery was diagnosed at age 13. "It took a long time to get on the right medication, so in between seeing the right doctors I became completely bed-ridden and lost all mobility in my right hand and my legs and had to rely on my parents to carry me everywhere," Woolery, a member of the organizing committee, said. Woolery is completely cured now and she says, "I want to keep going to find other people's miracle drugs."
The Arthritis Foundation provides research, education and vital services to combat the disease.