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posted: 4/14/2014 10:24 AM

Walk to Cure Arthritis set for April 26 in Lake County

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The Arthritis Foundation has announced the 12th annual Walk to Cure Arthritis Lake County will be on Saturday, April 26, at Old School Forest Preserve in Mettawa.

The event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs.

The fundraising walk is held throughout the US to raise funds and awareness to fight and cure the nation's number-one cause of disability.

Lake County event honorees include:

• Medical Honoree: Evanston resident Dr. Marisa S. Klein-Gitelman, professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and division head, Division of Rheumatology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

• Young Adult Honoree: Elizabeth Esposito, a high school senior from Barrington who was diagnosed with JRA at the age of 2.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is presented nationally by AMGEN. The national sponsor is Massage Envy Spa and national media sponsor is Arthritis Today. The Lake County Walk to Cure Arthritis is locally presented by Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Teams are forming now and participation is fun and easy. Teams of co-workers, friends, and family members set fundraising goals and work together to motivate and inspire others to donate. For more information about the Lake County Walk and to register your team, visit

Old School Forest Preserve is on Saint Mary's Road just south of Route 176, and north of Route 60 in Mettawa.