Power Of Movement: Yoga Challenge To Beat Arthritis & Autoimmune Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis Like Ticking Time Bomb, Woman Says

Sherri Smith believed she must have banged her finger when she noticed some discolouration resembling bruising on her knuckle about 15 months ago.”I’m the kind of person who runs into things,” joked the 30-year-old North York woman, who thought she may have injured her hand moving boxes at work.

“First, it was just a knuckle. It looked like I had whacked it.”

Smith, who will participate in her second fundraiser in support of arthritis and autoimmune disease research this month, wasn’t overly concerned when she was later unable to get rings on her fingers when she was heading out to a party.

Read More: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/953627–rheumatoid-arthritis-like-ticking-time-bomb-woman-says

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Power of Movement – Yoga Challenge to Beat Arthritis

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

It all started in 2005 when Dorna Chee made a phone call to the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre (AARC) Foundation in Toronto with an idea.

As a yoga teacher, Dorna had turned to her yoga breathing exercises to help her get through a long stay in hospital after being diagnosed with lupus, and she wanted to share her experience with other people who might benefit from yoga to manage an autoimmune illness. Dorna found support at the AARC Foundation and along with the passion and help of Erin Moraghan, the event was born.

In 2007 all initial expectations were surpassed. The inaugural event was hosted at the Wellesley Community Centre with 250 in attendance raising more than $50,000. Since then the event has outgrown the Wellesley and Toronto. In 2009 it became a National event and was hosted across Canada, from Nanaimo to Halifax.

To date the Power of Movement has raised over $700,000 with hopes to reach the $1 million dollar goal through the 2011 campaign!

Power of Movement was founded on one women’s dream, the passion of volunteers and supporters and a lot of community engagement. The small seed that Dorna’s phone call planted has now grown into a movement about movement. None of this would ever have happened without her courage and spirit.

We thank everyone who has been involved since the beginning and to those who continue to join us and watch as we grow.

More Info: http://www.powerofmovement.ca/en/

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