The Arthritis Foundation is seeking walkers to participate in the 2012 Arthritis Walk on Saturday, April 28 at West Florida Hospitalís Rehabilitation Institute at 8383 N. Davis Highway. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and registration and check in starts at 8 a.m.

The event features both a three-mile and one-mile course. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis, while those with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition.

Because dogs get ďarfĒritis too, pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dogs to walk with them at the event.

This yearís honorees include Hailey Strunk, an 11 year-old girl who suffers from juvenile arthritis; Jeanette Schultz, a local jewelry designer; Dr. Rachel Brown, a rheumatologist with Baptist Medical Group; and Missy, a nine-year old St. Bernard dog.

The walk is the Arthritis Foundationís signature fundraising event that supports public awareness and raises funds needed to fight arthritis, the nationís most common cause of disability. Teams are encouraged to have their team dress in themed-costumes to add to the fun.

Itís not too late for individuals and teams to sign up for a morning of fun and exercise. After the walk participants can enjoy food, music, prizes and awards until noon. To join the Letís Move Together movement and sign up for the 2012 Arthritis Walk visit or call the Arthritis Foundation in Pensacola at 850.471.1541.

The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation's leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.