New York, NY -- TVT Recording Artist Lumidee has been name Youth Ambassador for the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundations 2007 Arthritis Walk.
The annual nationwide event occurs in May during national Arthritis Month, raising funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. The Manhattan Arthritis Walk will take place on Sunday, April 29, at Battery Park.
I was fourteen years old when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, stated Lumidee. At nineteen years old, the doctors said I would never walk. I worked hard and all that hard word paid off when I was able to dance in my latest music video. I want to give other young people the confidence they need to stop this disease from controlling their lives and ask everyone to come out and join the fight against arthritis by participating in the 2007 Arthritis Walk.
Lumidee represents what can be achieved by young people with arthritis, stated Jay B. Adlersberg, M.D. 2007 Battery Park Arthritis Walk Chairman, ABC-TVs Health and Medical Reporter, and rheumatologist. We are proud to have her as our Youth Ambassador for this years walk. We hope that her participation will inspire the 300,000 young people suffering from arthritis in our country.
Lumidees new CD, Unexpected, is scheduled for release on April 17th. A native of Spanish Harlem, Lumidee first came to the attention of the public when her smash hit Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh) reached the no. 3 slot on Billboards Hot 100 in 2003. Her current single,
Shes Like The Wind, featuring Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine, is a hot remake of the Patrick Swayze cut from Dirty Dancing fame and is currently at 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unexpected also features tracks with Shaggy, Jim Jones, N.O.R.E., Snoop and TVT labelmate Pitbull.
Lumidees fans can go to
to sign up for Team Lumidee to participate in the walk or make donations.
About the Arthritis Foundation and the New York Chapter
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, the nations number-one cause of disability. It is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948.
The New York Chapter, founded in 1948, serves the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, and the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. The Chapter is a proud holder of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York Charity Seal.
In addition to funding strategic arthritis research projects, the Chapter provides an array of patient service programs that have a strong positive impact on the lives of people dealing with the daily effects of this challenging disease. These include: an information and referral service, financial assistance to low-income people with arthritis, public forums, advocacy programs, warm water and land exercise classes, and self-help courses and groups.