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Ankylosing Spondylitis - #MOVEwithAS

Ankylosing Spondylitis


A mouthful to pronounce isn’t it? Living with it would be even harder.
Those 2 words made me stop what I was doing. I listened and I went on to read up a little on Ankylosing Spondylitis or also known as AS:
• An autoimmune inflammatory disease of the spine.
• A form of arthritis often affecting people since adolescence.
• Irreversible damage that significantly reduces patients’ mobility and quality of life.
• AS occurs in approximately 1% of the general population and typically affects young men and women in their teens and 20s.
• AS affects more males than females with an approximate ratio of 2:1.

Patients with this degenerative disease often live life unaware that they are infected. Most are diagnosed in the advanced stages of AS making it harder to slow down the progression of the disease.

I don't like what I learnt and am keen to learn more about it. I definitely want to know more about it. Lock in your calendar for MOVE with AS for Sunday 7th May 2017 from 630am to late noon.

MOVE with AS is a charity run of 3km with fun obstacles and challenges set up to help the participants to identify signs of the disease. In an interactive, participants will also be able to experience what an AS patients feel. It is all about understanding the disease, encouraging patients to seek treatment and increasing tolerance (and understanding to those who suffer from AS).
Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient
Hand of Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis

MOVE with AS is a collaborative initiative between Arthritis Foundation Malaysia (AFM) and Novartis Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd to drive awareness for AS. All proceeds i.e. 100% of the registration fees from the run will be donated to AFM Arthritis Foundation to help AS patients with financial burden to receive the treatment that they need.

#MOVEwithAS:
• 3km fun run with 6 obstacles and 4 mini games
• 6.30am till late noon
• Evolve Concept Mall, Ara Damansara
• Sign up now www.bit.ly/movewithas
3km fun run with 6 obstacles and 4 mini games to help us understand AS better.
RM60 with 100% of registration fees going to AFM
and you are entitled to more than RM60 worth of goodies!

I know that 7th May is a hot date for a few other runs going on in town. However, I urge you to swing by for a good cause. The fun run will be flagged of in 4 waves. So at the point of registration, you can opt for any of the 4 waves: 7am, 7:40am, 8:20am and 9am. I will be heading in immediately after completing my race elsewhere. This is for a good cause and a learning experience that will make a change in the life another person (who might be someone you know personally too!).

For more information:
www.facebook.com/ThisASLife/
www.afm.org.my

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