Art for Arthritis Returns

It’s back! The 10th annual Art for Arthritis event, presented for the third time by Children’s Mercy Hospital, will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Carriage Club - 5301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64112. All the fun starts at 6 p.m.

This exciting live auction gala pairs children affected by juvenile arthritis with local artists to create an original piece of artwork. The artwork is then showcased and auctioned off at Art for Arthritis to raise funds for nationwide research and local programs and services.

The Art for Arthritis auction is the emotional heartbeat of the year for the Arthritis Foundation. It means the world to young children like 7 year old George Cusick. George, who lives in Kansas City, was diagnosed in October 2010 with polyarticular arthritis after years of crippling pain. Two years ago, George participated in Art for Arthritis for the first time and created his own “masterpiece” of bold strokes and vibrant colors. George beamed when the piece sold for $2,500. Your participation in this event will help the next George Cusick.

Most people don’t think about children having arthritis, but more than 3,000 children in the Kansas City and Western Missouri area have some form of this painful disease.

The Art for Arthritis event teams 16 local children affected by juvenile arthritis with area artists to spend a summer together creating unique pieces of artwork.

This event is much more than a fundraiser. Art for Arthritis empowers participants by introducing them to children with similar circumstances, and granting them access into the local Kansas City arts community.

To register for tickets for this year’s event, please visit or contact the Arthritis Foundation at (913) 262-2233.

About the Arthritis Foundation The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

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