First-Ever Maryland Psoriasis Walk Tomorrow, October 17

Friday, October 16, 2009 General News J E 4

KENSINGTON, Md., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first-ever Maryland Psoriasis Walk will take place tomorrow in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  The walk, to support the research and education programs of the nonprofit Psoriasis Cure Now, will include entertainment, information booths on psoriasis treatments, and a chance to meet and learn from others living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.  More information is available at .

"Psoriasis can strike at any age, and we have people with psoriasis ranging from as young as 9 to those in their 70s expected to walk," said Michael Paranzino, a psoriasis patient and president of Psoriasis Cure Now.  "We'll walk on behalf of those who can't walk due to the physical pain and damage psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can cause, or who won't walk because of the stigma sometimes associated with this misunderstood disease of the immune system."

Registration for the scenic, two-mile walk will begin at 8:30 am, and the walk will start at 9:30 am.  The address is 399 E. Pratt St., Baltimore - at Kaufmann Pavilion/Rash Field on the south side of the Inner Harbor.  There is no charge to participate in the Psoriasis Walk; pre-registration is encouraged via the website, but walk-ons are welcome.  Next week, the final Psoriasis Walk of 2009 will occur in Charlotte, NC.

Sponsors of the Baltimore Psoriasis Walk include Centocor Ortho Biotech, Abbott, Amgen & Wyeth, and Parexel.  Psoriasis is an incurable, recurring disease of the immune system that causes dry, painful skin lesions that itch, crack and bleed, and often includes arthritic symptoms. Recent studies have found that psoriasis increases the risk of heart attack, and severe psoriasis reduces life expectancy by an average of four years.

SOURCE Psoriasis Cure Now



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