The Walk to Cure Arthritis takes place April 30

Ty Hookam (submitted photo)

Ty Hookom (submitted photo)

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event supporting the mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure.

The event is at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., on Saturday, April 30. There will be information about arthritis and fun activities for the entire family.

Ty Hookom is the Youth Honoree for the 2016 Phoenix Walk to Cure Arthritis. Ty, age 11, is fun-spirited, active and an exceptionally creative boy who loves Ghost Busters. At the age of 5, Ty was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to a press release. This was a term that never crossed the Hookom family’s mind; that is until one day, young Ty began screaming in pain after walking for an extended period of time.

Ty underwent various tests, which ultimately led to a diagnosis. Although Ty has juvenile idiopathic arthritis, he does not let this define him; rather he steps out on the field and plays a critical role for his lacrosse team as goalie. The Hookom family shares countless times where young Ty prevents the opponents from scoring and this leads to many celebrating moments. These moments have kept the Hookom family in a “Yes he can do anything” state of mind.

As the 2016 Youth Honoree, Ty has taken on the adventure of raising funds and awareness for the Walk to Cure Arthritis, which will help fund research to develop new treatments, and hopefully a cure, so that children can enjoy all the activities they love, pain free.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America—affecting one in every five adults, an estimated 300,000 children and countless families. The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together.

Register for the Walk to Cure Arthritis at www.walktocurearthritis.org/arizona.

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