In its sixth year, the event has steadily gained exposure and continues to attract growing numbers of participants. This year, Jennifer Crosthwaite, marketing director for both facilities, was interviewed alongside Laurie Rupp from The Arthritis Foundation on Channel 4 news in Detroit in order to advertise the event. A record-breaking 260 people attended the event, comprised of associates from both facilities, known collectively as Rivergate Complex, as well as individuals from the surrounding communities.
Attendees enjoyed refreshments, massages, sponsor exhibits, music, magic tricks, balloon animals, a bounce house and face painting before and after the 3-mile walk.
Two-year-old Bailey Satkowski, diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 6 months, was this year’s Walk Honoree.
Along with Rivergate Complex, several other community sponsors attended the event, including American House Riverview, Edward C. Bush, M.D., and Precision Orthopedics.
The Arthritis Foundation has proudly raised $12,800 in Michigan so far this year to help the 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in the state living with the daily pain and challenges of one of the numerous forms of arthritis. $3,600 of this total was raised by 103 Rivergate Complex associates.
“We hope to grow the Walk even more next year and continue to raise money for the critical research needed to help fight this disease,” said Crosthwaite. “Thank you to everyone who participated as a volunteer, walker or sponsor!”