Highlights - 14th Annual Magic of Caring Share

14th Annual Magic of caringANNUAL MAGIC OF CARING CHILDREN'S FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON NETS $50,000

Mid East Region's 14th Annual Magic of Caring Children's Fashion Show and Luncheon was truly a magical event this year, raising $50,000 on behalf of children with juvenile arthritis. Deborah Jaffe and Christine Pitts, Co-Chairwomen for the event, were pleased to announce that the money will enable the Arthritis Foundation to send South Florida children with juvenile arthritis to summer camps designed specifically for children with arthritis.

The luncheon was held at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, with fashions provided by Beall's Florida Store. The models were all children from this area who have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and understand the pain and rigors that accompany the disease. This event allows these kids, who live with daily pain, to shine in the spotlight, while spreading the word that "Kids Get Arthritis Too". More than 50 million Americans currently battle arthritis, which is one of the nation's leading causes of disability, affecting nearly 5 million children and adults in Florida alone, each year.

The Arthritis Foundation's Mid East Region is located in West Palm Beach and funds raised from events like this one help provide local services that include four free clinics offering physician care for the medically indigent, wellness programs, Tai Chi and Aquatic Exercise classes, The Quick Family Rehabilitation Center, and a series of educational lectures that are free and open to the public. For more information on local arthritis programs, or to volunteer, please contact Susie Rhodes at (561) 833-1133.

14th Annual Magic of caring

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