Local Teen Named Youth Honoree of Boston Arthritis Walk

The 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held September 14.

Arthritis affects more than 52 million adults and 294,000 children in the U.S., according to the CDC. In an effort to raise money for research on this disease, the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held Sunday, September 14 in Brighton’s DCR Artesani Park. The walk, which will feature one and three mile courses, is a nationwide event organized by the Arthritis Foundation.

“Arthritis is a costly, painful and debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans,” Senior Director of Development Robin Maxcy said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the city of Boston to garner the support of local businesses and organizations to host a successful Walk to Cure Arthritis and reach our $350,000 goal.”

This year, Annierose Klingbell, a Belmont resident, will serve as one of the event’s youth honorees. The 17-year-old Belmont High School student was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a toddler. Though her condition now affects both knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, and right thumb, Klinbell has remained active as a a soccer player and coach. She has also become an advocate for other children with arthritis, and—through her team, Annierose’s Adventurers— has raised more than $10,000 for this year’s walk.

9/14; walk begins at 10:30 a.m., registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. DCR Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, walktocurearthritisboston.kintera.org.