• October 10, 2012
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Arthritis National Research Foundation –

The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure program expanded to Florida last weekend thanks to Florida residents Carlota Lou and Kyle Sheehan. Sheehan, 25, is a longtime runner who was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He is determined not to let his condition slow him down. “I want to be an endurance athlete,” Sheehan said, “and I am not going to let rheumatoid arthritis stop me.”

Sheehan is one of an estimated 50 million Americans — including 300,000 children — affected with arthritis. With the prospect of a progressive, degenerative disease, he is confronting and conquering his pain. And, he wants to inspire others to do the same.

To make the greatest impact, Sheehan and his girlfriend, Lou, searched for a way to share his story. They found Racing For A Cure, a program designed by the Arthritis National Research Foundation to work with any person competing in any race around the world to help raise arthritis awareness. “Racing for a Cure offers a perfect opportunity to tell my story and the importance of arthritis research,” Sheehan says.

“We want people to be able to use any race — running, biking, swimming, or walking — to help raise awareness that millions in the United States and millions more world-wide are suffering with arthritis,” said Derek Belisle, Marketing Director for the Arthritis National Research Foundation. “And, new treatments and a cure will only happen through research.”

With the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s help, Sheehan is relating his story and experiences to the online community in an effort to build rheumatoid arthritis awareness. In the face of debilitating pain, when others would quit, Sheehan keeps going. Through the ups and the downs of his disease, he keeps pushing himself.

Sheehan completed the Miami Beach Half Marathon with a time of 2 hours! Incredible! We are watching and cheering you on!

You can keep up with Kyle and his story at RArunner.blogspot.com or here on CureArthritisBlog.com.