Arthritis walk in Myrtle Beach raises awareness and serves as kick-off to Broadway tree lighting

spalisin@thesunnews.comNovember 20, 2013 

  • If you go

    What | “Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis”

    Benefiting | Arthritis Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region, based in Charlotte (704-705-1810, 800-365-3811 or

    Also honoring | Haylee and Kaylee Thomas of St. James High School, identical twins who were each diagnosed at ages 6 and 5, respectively, with junior rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation of many joints, with treatment by Dr. Richard Silver at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston

    When | 2-4 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, next to Hard Rock Cafe, off U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North, with Dave Priest of WRNN-FM “Hot Talk” 99.5 as master of ceremonies

    What and when |

    • 5K competitive run, 2-3 p.m.

    3- and 1-Mile Fun Run, 2:05-3:30

    • Reindeer Dash, for ages 8 and younger, 3:30-3:45

    • Closing ceremony and awards, 3:45-4

    How much | Respective online advance ( and day-of-event registration fees:

    • 5K $25 by Thursday, or $30

    • 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk or 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, each $15 by Friday, or $20

    Kids’ Reindeer Dash $10 by Friday, or $15.

    More Information | 800-283-7800

    Also at Broadway at the Beach | In next few weekends (more details at 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or

    19th annual Holiday Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Nov. 23, including entertainment by Legends in Concert, Palace Theatre, and Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy, with Ed Piotrowski, WPDE-TV 15 chief meteorologist, as master of ceremonies

    Fireworks, 8 p.m. Saturday (and Nov. 30 and Dec. 31)

    • Chanukah Lighting, by Chabad of Myrtle Beach, 5 p.m. Nov. 27 near Heroes Harbor stage, near Margaritaville, off 29th Avenue North

    Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade, 11 a.m. Dec. 7 from Hard Rock Cafe to WonderWorks

    Other season spirited outings in next week CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

    By | Brunswick Arts Council

    When | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Downtown Southport, N.C., including Franklin Square Park

    Includes |

    • “Olde English Victorian Social Gathering,” under tent, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St., including costume contest winner announcement at 7:15 p.m.

    • “Dickens Musical Revue,” 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and 1-2 p.m. Saturday in Southport Community Building, for $10 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger

    • “Fezziwig’s Ball,” 10, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday by Brunswick Little Theatre (910-278-6581 or in Trinity United Methodist Church’s Murrow Hall, for $5 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger

    • “The Night Before Christmas Carol,” with David Brennen, 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Church, for $10 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger

    • “A Tribute to Charles Dickens” candlelight ceremony and ringing and singing in the holidays, 6-6:45 p.m. Saturday

    How much | Park admission free

    Information | 910-371-2641 or


    By | Georgetown Health Systems’s HealthPoint Center for Heatlh & Fitness of Litchfield Beach

    Benefiting | Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo

    When | 8:15 a.m.-noon Saturday

    Where | Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach

    What and when | 5K race and 5K walk, each at 8:15 a.m.; “Tot Trot” (26.2 yards) 9 a.m.; and 1-mile “Family Fitness Walk” 9:15 a.m.

    How much | 5K events $30 each, family walk $10, and tots free with family walkers – race day signup 7-8 a.m.

    Information | 237-2205 or


    Benefiting | Grateful Goldens Rescue of the Low Country, based in Mount Pleasant, with various Grand Strand-area volunteers (

    When | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Pet Galley, 4905-A U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

    How much | $20 for photos – 5-by-7-inch and 4-by-6-inch, one each, and four wallet-size pictures

    Information | 651-0138


    Benefiting | All 4 Paws’ The Compassion Fund, which covers medical bills of abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats that are rescued

    Where | All 4 Paws, 67 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island

    When | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 14

    How much | $10 for photo card, including photo proofs to emailed to family

    Information | Appointments encouraged at 237-7297, but walk-ins welcome; or email Patti Varhol at


    Benefiting | Substitutes for Santa, which provides holiday giving for 70 families in Horry County

    When | noon-5 p.m. Sunday

    Where | Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2204 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach

    How much | $10 donation for families

    Also | Any family bringing donations for Substitutes for Santa or Toys for Tots Nov. 25-Dec. 3 will receive $3 off admission for entire group (regular admission: $8 ages 2 and older, otherwise free)

    Information | 946-9469 or


    By | Serendipity Singers

    When | 3 p.m. Sunday

    Where | Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2061 Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach

    How much | Free, but donations welcome

    Information | 650-8685 or


    When | 3 p.m. Sunday

    Where | Coastal Dance Centre, 3070 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common

    How much | $10 advance or $15 at door

    Includes | Tea and mini-desserts, coloring of Nutcracker photos, some hair and nail pampering, and photographs with Nutcracker characters

    Also | Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s eighth annual “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7-8, at Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach, for advance through Nov. 30: $15 ages 13-64, $10 ages 3-12, otherwise $20 and $15, respectively; group discounts available.

    Information | 839-5678, 651-2006 or


    When | 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27

    Where | Middleton Park, 4601 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island

    Also | Bring favorite Hanukkah foods, and enjoy music and conversation

    Information | 910-278-5518


    By | Atlantic Stage

    When | Nov. 27-Dec. 22: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (Note: No show on Thanksgiving, but preview is the previous night, Wednesday)

    Where | 79th Avenue Theatre, in Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass

    How much | $27.50 general admission; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; $17.50 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; and $10 side section seats

    Also | Flex-pass packages: four tickets for $82.50 adult, $67.50 senior/educator/military and $52.50 student; and eight tickets for $165, $135 and $105, respectively

    Information | 877-287-8587 or


    Benefiting | Surfside Beach Rotary Club

    What and when | Nov. 28:

    • 10K and 5K – each at 8:30 a.m.

    • 1-mile – 8:35 a.m.

    • Tot Trot – 10:15 a.m.

    Where | Surfside Beach Pier parking lot, at Ocean Boulevard and Surfside Drive

    How much | By Nov. 26 advance at and at race site 4-7 p.m. Nov. 27/7-8:15 a.m. Nov. 28, respectively:

    10 K – $37 and $40

    • 5K – $33 and $35

    • 1-Mile – $20 and $25

    • Tot Trot – free

    Information | 267-7443 or email


    Benefiting | Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA in Myrtle Beach (449-9622 or

    What and when | Nov. 28:

    • 1-mile – 8:30 a.m.

    • 8K and 5K – each at 9 a.m.

    • Tot Trot – 10:15 a.m.

    How much | By noon Nov. 27 advance online, or $5 more at race site on day of event, with $5 discount for ages 12 and younger for all events except Tot Trot: 8K for $30, 5K $28, and 1-mile $25; and $5 for Tot Trot

    Where | Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway, by The Market Common

    Information |


    When | 11 a.m. Thursday

    Where | Bucksport community – from James R. Frazier Community Center

    Information | 397-2173 or 798-0980

  • Arthritis by the numbers

    987,000 – people have arthritis or a related disease

    28 – percentage of all South Carolinians affected

    51 – percentage of adults with diabetes who also have arthritis

    46 – percentage of adults with hypertension and arthritis

    38 – percentage of obese adults with arthritis

    $2.1 billion – approximate annual cost of arthritis to South Carolina in direct and indirect costs, including loss or work time

    Source: Arthritis Foundation

On the 1970s NBC sitcom “Sanford & Son,” the late Redd Foxx often would bring up his “ARTHUR-itis,” forming his hand into a claw to illustrate his pain. The prevalence of disability from arthritis or chronic joint symptoms across South Carolina and in nearly 50 million people in the whole country, however, is not a joke.

That’s why the Arthritis Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Region, based in Charlotte, N.C., has added some Christmas cheer to raising awareness about the discomforting medical condition with the “Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.” The event, with a choice of routes for participants 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, will lead into the complex’s tree lighting and fireworks that evening. Pick from a 5K competitive run, 3- or 1-mile fun run, or a Reindeer Dash, for ages 8 and younger.

Gerald Talley, director of community development for the foundation chapter, which serves the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, said a walk has been “our signature event” on the Grand Strand “for many years,” and that with Broadway inviting the foundation to tie in to its tree lighting, “it was just a good fit.”

He also said with involvement from such individuals as Dr. Petra J. Gheraibeh of Bay Orthopaedic Associates in Georgetown, the run/walk’s medical honoree, and North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marylin Hatley as grand marshal, this event goes beyond Myrtle Beach, covering the Grand Strand from end to end. Also, from the south Strand, Haylee and Kaylee Thomas from St. James High School’s freshman class, identical twins who were each diagnosed at ages 6 and 5, respectively, with junior rheumatoid arthritis – inflammation of many joints – also will be honored.

Question | What are some aspects about arthritis about which the public might not know, such as how it’s not just a condition affecting older adults?

Answer | Probably one of the biggest things is that children can get arthritis. There are 4,000 children in South Carolina who have junior rheumatoid arthritis. They can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. The only place for pediatric arthritis research in South Carolina is at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, so it’s challenging for parents in the state as for where go for treatment, and how far away they are. ...

The other unknown factoid is there are 100 diseases that are under the arthritis umbrella. That’s everything from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis.

Q. | How alarming are statistics about arthritis?

A. | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta just came out with updated data, such as that 987,000 people in South Carolina who have been diagnosed with arthritis, and that 28 percent of all South Carolinians have one of the 100 forms of arthritis ... and 39 percent of all South Carolinians have some sort of arthritis-attributable work limitation.

Q. | What other approaches should people take regarding arthritis or family members coping with the condition?

A. | It’s that perception that unless you’re personally affected, you don’t think about it ... and that it’s not cancer. It does not defeat the fact that this is serious for those who have it. A lot of the drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are the same drugs that cancer patients are given. It’s fortunate that we’ve had a lot of advancements in the treatment for autoimmune diseases such as lupus and osteoarthritis, a result of all the biologics that have come out. ...

Once the lining on the bone starts to go, it’s not coming back, but people can prevent further deterioration, with medical advancements from the last 10 to 20 years.

Q. | Are there some basic steps people can take to delay or help prevent the onset of arthritis?

A. | That’s a hard question to answer because with some forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriatic arthritis, it’s an autoimmune disease: If you’re going to get it, you’re going to get it.

With osteoarthritis, which most of us are going to get with age, and wear and tear ... where the cartilage wears away from joints, when it’s bone to bone ... proper diet is key, along with exercise, whether it’s high impact, low impact, aquatic or other forms. ...

We say, “motion is the lotion.” The more you can exercise, the more that your joints can get stronger, and they stay lubricated.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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