Denver residents are walking to help find a cure for for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, which currently affects approximately 112,000 Coloradans and millions of people worldwide.The walk is on September 13, 2009, at Washington Park, East Mississippi Avenue and South Franklin Street. Walk starts at 9:00 am and participants can walk a 1K or 5K.
Master of ceremonies and emcee for the event will be Jim Benemann, an Emmy-award winning journalist and local CBS news anchor. National sponsors of the event include Amgen Wyeth and Abbott.
Many myths and misconceptions surround psoriasis, and the need for awareness is great. Psoriasis, a noncontagious, chronic disease of the immune system, appears on the skin causing red, scaly patches. The patches can appear on any part of the body. Psoriasis can cause significant disability and is associated with other serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. According to the National Institutes of Health, psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million Americans.
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The National Psoriasis Foundation is the voice for millions of Americans, and their families, who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. Visit www.psoriasis.org to learn more.