More than 2,000 runners and walkers will join together to aid in the battle against arthritis as part of the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on May 14.
The Arthritis Foundation’s signature national fund-raising event will help kick off the NBC 4 New York & Telemundo 47 Fourth Annual Health and Fitness Expo, presented by Quest Diagnostics, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Former Giants punter Steve Weatherford will lead the walk and the opening program. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is set to appear at a special VIP area of the event and also help kick off the health expo.
Other Big Blue stars scheduled to appear at the expo include running backs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen; linebackers Jasper Brinkley, Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas; punter Brad Wing; nose tackle Damon Harrison; tight end Larry Donnell; wideout Geremy Davis; punter Brad Wing and long snapper Zak DeOssie.
“Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” said Dr. Yukiko Kimura, a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School professor who works with Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance and who is being honored by the event.
More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis in the U.S., affecting one in five Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
The New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis aims to raise $325,000 to help support programs, research and advocacy initiatives that will help find a cure for the disease, the group said.
You can register for the New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis here or contact Amy Boright, CFRE at 856-673-1361.
Participants in the walk or the Health & Fitness Expo will be able to ride a zipline, get free health screenings, tour the Giants locker room, watch healthy cooking demos with celebrity chefs and more.
One of the largest and open-to-the-public health events, the expo will be held at MetLife Stadium on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 14 and 15.
All people attending the expo need to fill out a waiver upon entering the stadium. Every adult needs a separate waiver and parents or guardians can sign for up to four minors. You can print out your waiver here.