FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2011)—On Saturday, Oct. 1, hundreds of Pittsburgh-area residents will take to the streets of Schenley Park in the local movement to find a cure for psoriasis—a chronic genetic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, affecting roughly 59,000 Greater Pittsburgh residents—at the Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Pittsburgh. Learn about the walk: www.psoriasis.org/pittsburgh-walk.
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 320,000 Pennsylvanians. The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts the Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Pittsburgh to raise vital funds for research to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a related joint disease. People with psoriasis are at increased risk for other serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, heart attack, obesity and depression. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, a related joint disease.
Led by Youth Ambassador Megan Sebroski, 17, of Monaca, and walk chair, Kym Harper, 26, of Friendship, the event at Schenley Park is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants can choose either a 1K or 5K route to raise awareness about the life-altering impact of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis on the local community and funds to find a cure.
For more information, to register or to make a donation, call the National Psoriasis Foundation Walk to Cure Psoriasis at 877.825.9255 or visit www.psoriasis.org/pittsburgh-walk.
About the National Psoriasis Foundation
The National Psoriasis Foundation is the world’s largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit www.psoriasis.org
Lori Martin, National Psoriasis Foundation
By: Kym Harper