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September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis SocietyDid you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada? It can devastate a promising career, destroy a child’s eyesight and deplete a person’s independence.

The term arthritis (“arthro” meaning joint, “itis” meaning inflammation) is used to refer to more than 100 related conditions. Arthritis can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of age, physical condition or ethnic background, often with devastating and debilitating effects. Arthritis brings with it a burden of pain and disability that those living with this disease must face every day. The main symptoms of arthritis are chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can result in significant disability and poor quality of life.

There is no cure for arthritis.

Some important numbers to know:

4.6 million – Over 4.6 million Canadian adults (one in six Canadians aged 15 years and older) report having arthritis. By 2036, this number is expected to grow to an estimated 7.5 million Canadian adults (one in five). $33 billion – The impact of arthritis on the Canadian economy in health-care costs and lost productivity is estimated to be $33 billion each year. By 2031, this number is expected to more than double to over $67 billion.

First – Among all causes of disability in Canada, arthritis ranks first among women and third among men. 2/3 – Two out of three Canadians affected by arthritis are women.3/5 – Nearly three out of every five people with arthritis are of working age. 60 – Within a generation, there will be a new diagnosis of osteoarthritis in Canada every 60 seconds.

The Arthritis Society is the only charitable organization in Canada uniquely dedicated to funding and promoting arthritis research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

Help the Arthritis Society raise funds to fight this terrible disease. Check out this wonderful event!

When:  Friday, September 26 at 7pm
Where:  The Boathouse Restaurant on Kitsilano Beach, 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
What:  Fundraising event to support those in BC living with arthritis, presented by Scotiabank.
Emceed by Dawn Chubai
Who:  Everyone is welcome!
How:  Tickets are $150 each and are available online now at or by contacting Madeleine Tattersall at 604 714 5558 or [email protected]


Dawn Chubai

Dawn Chubai

Let the sunset be your backdrop as you join us for our 9th annual Bluebird Gala at the Boathouse on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver!  Spend the evening with us in this dazzling spot nestled between sea and sky!  Enjoy yourself as Dawn Chubai of City Television emcees this exciting evening where we celebrate our wonderful community and come together to support a meaningful cause.  With live music, tempting silent auction and exceptional food and drink, this will be the night to remember with your friends, colleagues and loved ones.  This very special cocktail reception will be the quintessential west coast evening inspired by the surroundings, the cuisine and the wonderful people that help make the organization what it is today.  “Individually we are just one drop.  Together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro


John Espley, Accent Inns Director of Marketing & Communications