Monday, October 06, 2008

NV State Sen. Bob Beers Joins Arthritis Walk

LAS VEGAS — State Sen. Bob Beers (R-Clark 6) has created Team Beers for the Saturday, Oct. 25 Arthritis Walk 2008. The event, scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hills Park in Summerlin, will raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis for the Arthritis Foundation.

To join Sen. Beers' walk team or to make a donation to help Team Beers meet its fundraising goal, visit Nevada Arthritis Walk.

Currently, there are more than 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation has raised and funded more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. Its mission is to improve lives though leadership.

“Two of my campaign team members brought the walk to my attention. They have a 2-year-old daughter who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,” said Sen. Beers. “My father also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. So it was the right thing to take a few hours off from campaigning and support something so very important to many Nevadans.”

Nevada is only one of nine states in the nation that does not have a pediatric rheumatologist. Children with arthritis in the Las Vegas area are usually referred to a children’s cancer clinic that has one specialist who flies in from California four days a month to treat young patients.

Sen. Beers said the lack of specialized medical practitioners in Las Vegas is one of the many reasons he led the fight for tort reform in the state of Nevada and continues to fight for doctors and nurses. He is endorsed by the Nevada State Medical Association, Clark County Medical Society, and Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition.

Kudos to Sen. Bob Beers for taking time away from campaigning to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause. Sen. Beers and his team hope to raise $5,000 for the walk, with all of the funds going to the Arthritis Foundation. Please visit the links above to join the team (it's free) or to make a small donation.

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