September 16, 2005 08:00 ET

Why is the sky blue?

Ontario businesses support people living with arthritis Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 16, 2005) - Today, Ontario businesses are showing their support for The Arthritis Society by wearing blue and giving a donation to arthritis research.

So, why is the sky blue? Because of the atmosphere; without it the sky would look black. When light hits the atmosphere, we see blue. The goal of The Arthritis Society is to shed a light of hope onto the growing epidemic that is affecting Canadians. On Wear Blue and Give Too day wear blue and help end the darkness that arthritis has been casted over 1.6 million Ontarians lives.

"This is great way to get people involved in an event while raising awareness for the many faces of arthritis," said Jo-Anne Sobie, Executive Director of The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division.

Wear Blue and Give Too day allows staff to show their support by wearing blue and making a donation to The Arthritis Society. The staff at many Ontario businesses will be helping to raise awareness and showing support of people living with arthritis. Arthritis affects over four million Canadians, of which three out of every five is a working age.

Wear Blue and Give Too day is one of the many events that are taking place in September during national Arthritis Awareness Month. Wear Blue and Give Too day raises awareness in the workplace of the challenges many of our colleagues who are living with this debilitating chronic disease face everyday.

One of every six Canadians over the age of 15 is affected by arthritis. One of the more serious forms, rheumatoid arthritis, can rob young women of their lives.

Companies are asking fellow employees to spare what they can this day to help support the many programs and services offered by The Arthritis Society.

The Arthritis Society provides hope to people living with arthritis through education, community support and research-based solutions.
Arthritis is the most common cause of long-term disability in Canada. Each year approximately 100,000 Canadians are diagnosed with arthritis. For information or to make a donation please call 1.800.321.1433 or visit us at
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  • Christina Scicluna, Communications Coordinator, The Arthritis Society
    Primary Phone: 416-979-7228 ext. 375
    Toll-Free: 800-321-1433