Making a difference

Dear editor:
On Dec. 11 at 4 a.m. (Hawaiian time), I lined up at the starting line of the 33rd-annual Honolulu Marathon along with 24,642 other contestants.
At 5 a.m., fireworks signalled the start, with the temperature around 21 C (about 30 C warmer than here). When I crossed the finish line three hours, 39 minutes, and six seconds later, the sun was up—and so was the temperature (30 C).
The dehydration is taken care of within a couple of hours; the aches, pains and blisters within a few days.
The slight inconvenience I went through, however, does not begin to describe the pain and suffering of people with arthritis. Every hour of the day, they are in pain that can be incapacitating.
And there is no cure.
By supporting my “Joints In Motion” fundraising, with your very generous donations to the Arthritis Society, you are making a difference in the lives of people suffering from that disease.
The Arthritis Society uses the money for research to develop medicines and products that make life less painful—and may one day find a cure.
This year, the “Joints in Motion” program raised more than $800,000 across Canada.
I would like to thank all the people in the area who supported me with your very generous donations, allowing me to achieve my goals for a charity I truly believe in.
Bill Michl
Fort Frances, Ont.