Jan 31, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 31, 2002 -- The Arthritis Foundation and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to help children with arthritis. As Delta's SkyWish(TM) Charity of the Quarter for first quarter 2002, the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO), a council of the Arthritis Foundation, is accepting Delta SkyMiles(R) donations now through December 31, 2002. Donated miles will help send children and their families to the annual AJAO conference.
AJAO is devoted to serving the special needs of children, teens and young adults with juvenile arthritis and related diseases. Donated miles will be used to provide transportation to families who otherwise would be unable to attend the AJAO conference, the only national conference that brings together families and health professionals to help children live better, despite the challenges of the disease. As donations permit, SkyMiles will also be used to transport children to physical and occupational therapy, as well as treatment and surgery facilities.
"Miles collected through this program will directly benefit the nearly 300,000 children presently living with the number one cause of disability in this country," said Arthritis Foundation president and CEO, Tino J. Mantella. "It's only through mutually beneficial partnerships such as this one with Delta, that we are able to meet our goal of serving one in six Americans with arthritis."
Donations can be made through December 31, 2002 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800/325-3999 or via fax at 404/773-1945. There is a 5,000-mile minimum donation and Delta will boost each donation by adding 1,000 miles for every 5,000 miles contributed. SkyMiles members should include their SkyMiles account number, the amount of miles to be donated and should note that the Arthritis Foundation is the charity their miles will benefit. SkyWish donations are not tax deductible. For more information, visit www.arthritis.org or www.delta.com.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related disease. For more information about how you can take control of arthritis, contact the Arthritis Foundation at 800/454-4662 or visit www.arthritis.org.
The Tennessee Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation Tina Moffat, 615/254-6795 Ext. 21 email@example.com
SOURCE: The Tennessee Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
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