29 May Pro Golfer Pledges Eagles & Birdies to Help Cure Arthritis
Mallory Blackwelder, LPGA Symetra Tour Pro, Big Break alumnus and rheumatoid arthritis advocate, has pledged a portion of her winnings this season to support arthritis research with the Arthritis National Research Foundation.
For every birdie and eagle Mallory makes during a tournament, she will donate $5 and $10, respectively, for research. At the Arthritis National Research Foundation, where at least 91 cents of every dollar donated is placed into research programs, every dollar goes a long way.
“We are so excited that Mallory has joined our team of Cure Arthritis Ambassadors,” said Derek Belisle, Marketing Director for ANRF. “Her support elevates awareness of a disease that is often not visible on the surface to most people.”
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body is attacking “self tissues,” beginning in the thin tissue membrane that lines joints. Because the battle is on the inside, it is often hard to detect those who may have RA. In time, if left untreated, RA can cause severe disfigurement of the affected joints, bone damage and can lead to organ damage and death.
“Rheumatoid arthritis has changed my life,” says Mallory, age 26. “But I’m not going to let it stop me from pursuing my dream to be a professional on the LPGA tour and if I can help and/or inspire others along the way, it’ll all be worth it!”
By joining the Arthritis National Research Foundation team of Cure Arthritis Ambassadors, Mallory is leading the fight to cure arthritis and the related autoimmune diseases. Her support not only increases awareness for RA, but more than that, it inspires others with RA or another autoimmune disease to take control early and fight for their dreams.
“[My diagnosis] was a very difficult time for me, because RA is a very scary thing for anyone to go through, especially an athlete of my age,” said Mallory. “Instead of letting this new diagnosis hold me back, I used it to make some changes in my life to help me feel better and return to golf.”
The Arthritis National Research Foundation is honored to welcome Mallory Blackwelder to the family of supporters committed to curing arthritis through research. Her support will make a difference and inspire others to help make a difference, too.
Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, a tax deductible charity based in Long Beach, CA, has supported outstanding young scientists who have become innovators and leaders in the field of rheumatic disease research, autoimmunity and inflammation. From the discovery of TNF to genes involved in lupus, their research accomplishments have made an impact. ANRF’s approach is to fund the next generation of researchers to encourage their continued commitment to research in arthritis and related diseases
*Photo credit Mark Walters