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04/02/04

Arthritis Walk

Someone in your family probably has it. It's the nation’s number one cause of disability, arthritis.

Moving a picture in his new home office, isn't easy for Jorge Uresti.

"I find I have trouble moving, crossing my legs, walking. Sometimes I need a cane."

Even typing on his computer is a chore. He gets sharp, shooting pains in all his bones and joints. For years he didn't know why. Finally, doctors figured out what was wrong with him.

"It was very shocking. I thought maybe it was a mistake."

They told Jorge he had a debilitating form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis. One in 200 men get it.

"Ankylosing spondylitis is a calcifying of the bones within the spine, and they actually fuse together."

That makes movement painful, if not impossible. But, Jorge says, that wasn't the worse news he got. Doctors then told him there was no cure.

"I wasn't happy at all about that, so now I look forward to finding a cure."

He's taking every step he can to find one, starting with the arthritis walk in Tyler, where proceeds go to finding a cure for Jorge and other East Texans battling arthritis. The walk is Saturday, April 3rd at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. It starts at 10:00 a.m.

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