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Frederick Volunteers, patients gather for arthritis support dinner

November 05, 2007

FREDERICK, Md. - More than 200 research volunteers and longtime patients attended the annual Arthritis Appreciation dinner Oct. 16 at Dutch's Daughter in Frederick.

Lois Walden, a registered nurse from the Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, delivered a "Lesson in Laughter: Humor and Health." Walden's mission is teaching people about the humor and health connection.

Dr. Nathan Wei provided a presentation about the success of medications available to those with arthritis.

The evening ended with a long list of door prizes, which included a print from Charles Marvil of Sharpsburg, a prize-winning framed photograph from Seth Marvil, a watercolor from Clyde Roberts, carved wood birds from woodcarver David Flora, handmade crafts, gift certificates and baskets from patients and local businesses, to name a few.

Marietta Anderson said, "It was a very lovely affair, and it was so nice to spend time with the people who have helped me feel so much better since I moved to Frederick. Thanks for a very special night."

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The Arthritis Research Institute, founded in 1999, provides funding to traditional and alternative research in arthritis, arthritis patients who are unable to afford their prescribed arthritis treatments, and provides scholarships for children with arthritis.

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