Norwood Jewell's Charity Supports Efforts to Combat Juvenile Arthritis

May 10, 2017

The Making Our Children Smile Charity has gone the extra mile to help the Arthritis Foundation conquer the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability, and it’s inviting UAW members at FCA US to follow its example by donating to the campaign.

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                      UAW Vice President Norwood H. Jewell

The charity, established by UAW Vice President H. Norwood Jewell, director of the UAW Chrysler Department, is a Gold Sponsor of the 2017 Detroit Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 13, at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich.

The charity earmarked its donation to benefit the treatment and cure of juvenile arthritis, including the many services aimed at meeting the needs of children with arthritis.

“We are pleased to support programs such as Camp Dakota (in Lapeer, Mich.) and scholarships to the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference,” Jewell said in a letter to the Arthritis Foundation. “The Making Our Children Smile Charity shares your passion for helping our youth in their path to becoming our future leaders.”

More than 50 million Americans are afflicted with arthritis, including over 300,000 children. Making Our Children Smile provides funding and other support for schools, community organizations and social service agencies that enrich the lives of youth.

The goal of the Detroit Walk to Cure Arthritis, which starts at 8:30 a.m., is to raise $239,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. Participants may walk at their own pace while enjoying the zoo’s animal exhibits. They can choose between a three-mile and a one-mile course.

The walker’s check-in tent opens at 7 a.m. Only registered walkers will receive complimentary zoo tickets. Parking is free.

Jewell also challenged presidents of all UAW locals at FCA US LLC locations in the Detroit area to encourage their members to participate in the walk as members of the Making Our Children Smile walk team. They have an opportunity to raise money that will supplement the gift from Jewell’s charity.

“Come join us as we walk to support the mission to find a cure to help those with arthritis live a life without pain,” Jewell said in a letter to the local presidents.

Team captains from FCA locations, appointed by local union presidents to recruit walkers, should use the following procedure to start a new team under the Making Our Children Smile group:

• Go to www.walktocurearthritis.org/detroit.
• Click on the green “register” button.
• Click “I Agree” on the waiver page.
• Click the “Start A Team” button.
• Click the “New Team Under Group” button.
• Select “Making Our Children Smile” from list.
• Type your new team name in the “Team Name” field.
• Fill in your team fundraising goal and recruiting goal.
• Fill in a user name, password and security question/answer, or use your Facebook/Twitter login.
• Complete the personal information page to register—all fields with an asterisk (address, phone, email, shirt size, etc).

Individual walkers can register online to join the Making Our Children Smile walk team. To register, please follow the step-by-step directions below. There is no charge to register.wfaArthristuslogo

• Go to www.walktocurearthritis.org/detroit.
• Click the green “register” button.
• Next page, click on “I Agree” for the waiver.
• Next page, click the “Join A Team.”
• Next page, click on “Select a Group” drop-down arrow to choose “Making Our Children Smile” and click “Select.”
• Once you identify the team you would like to join, click on “Join Team.”
• Next page, complete personal info (name, address, email, shirt size, etc.).

The annual Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature nationwide event that rallies communities and raises funds to win the battle against arthritis once and for all.

Money raised helps to ensure that arthritis victims have resources and information to manage their disease, provides access to critical medications they need and leads to more effective treatments and eventually a cure for arthritis through cutting-edge research.

“I look forward to walking and having fun throughout the year as we help improve the lives of those who have arthritis,” Jewell said in his letter to local union presidents.

Questions or further information about the Walk to Cure Arthritis should be directed to Chuck Anderson, canderson@ucntc.org, or by calling (586) 427-4071.


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