The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division

March 12, 2009 09:13 ET

Dad to run 12 marathons in 12 months for daughter

Family vows to do whatever it takes to help cure juvenile arthritis

Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Sports Editor MEDIA RELEASE --(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - Mark Trenton's daughter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was seven years old. Now, seven years later, Mark is running 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money for arthritis research.

"Laura's pain and debilitation was so acute that once her disease was properly managed our family vowed to do whatever it took to ensure that juvenile arthritis did not affect her in the same way ever again," says Trenton.

Affecting about 1 in 1,000 Canadians under the age of 16, juvenile arthritis (JA) is a leading chronic disease among kids in Canada. Juvenile arthritis is the result of the body's immune system not working properly. The immune system fails to recognize healthy body tissue and attacks it. Symptoms include excruciating pain and inflammation in the joints. Depending on the severity of the arthritis, some children experience irregular growth or physical disability.

March marks Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, when The Arthritis Society heightens awareness of this disease and raises much-needed funds for research that will find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

"Mark and his family are so dedicated, and over the years have already raised nearly $40,000 towards finding a cure," says Jo-Anne Sobie, executive director of The Arthritis Society's Ontario Division. "Mark is a long-time fundraiser and participant in our Joints In Motion program, and now has extended his commitment through his '12 in 12' campaign," says Sobie.

Mark has completed marathons in Walt Disney World and Toronto already in 2009, and is now training for Australia, Hamilton, Boston, Quebec City, New York, Las Vegas, among others. His progress can be followed on his blog,, where people can also donate money towards critical arthritis research.

Further information about Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month can be found at To learn more about The Arthritis Society's Joints In Motion program, visit

The Arthritis Society is Canada's principal arthritis health charity dedicated to funding and promoting arthritis education, research-based solutions and community-based support. The Society empowers the nearly 4.5 million Canadians with arthritis, 1.8 million in Ontario alone, to live their lives to the fullest by combating the daily limitations of arthritis. In the last 60 years, The Society has invested more than $165 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments and, ultimately, find a cure.
/For further information: Christina Partridge,
Communications Coordinator,
The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division
416.979.7228 ext. 375

Contact Information

  • Lisa Hartford, Communications Manager, The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division
    Primary Phone: 416-979-7228 ext. 309
    Secondary Phone: 416-509-3963