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DEPUY COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL ARTHRITIS WALK® EVENTS
IN SIX CITIES
DePuy Employees Walk to Raise Money for Home Cities, Arthritis Foundation Local Chapters
WARSAW, IN – May 17, 2009 – Hundreds of employees from the DePuy Family of Companies have signed up to join Arthritis Walk® events in six cities to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation to help improve the lives of people with arthritis, a condition that affects 46 million people and is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis Walk events will take place in May, during National Arthritis Awareness Month.
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $400 million in research grants since 1948. The DePuy Companies are global leaders in providing solutions across a continuum of care for pain and mobility problems including osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.
“We’re proud of our employees, the connection they have to their communities and the support they provide for the patients who may be touched by our products,” said Mike Mahoney, Company Group Chairman, DePuy, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. “We’re committed as a company to getting people moving so they can enjoy doing the things they love.”
Participants will walk either one or three-mile routes in or near the cities where DePuy facilities are located. The DePuy Companies will make contributions on behalf of each employee from “Team DePuy” in Warsaw, IN, Raynham, MA, Miami, FL, New Brunswick, NJ and Mountain View, CA. DePuy’s corporate contribution will be in addition to any money raised by individual employees and contributions from the Johnson & Johnson Matching Gift Program. Proceeds will directly benefit the local Arthritis Foundation chapter that serves each area.
Employees from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., in Warsaw will participate in two walk events: They will join the Fort Wayne Arthritis Walk at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at Franke Park Pavilion #2, and the Warsaw Arthritis Walk at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at Winona Lake Senior Center. More than 1.4 million people have arthritis in Indiana.1
The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis. More than 200 Arthritis Walk events will take place throughout the U.S. The Arthritis Walk is part of Let’s Move Together™, a nationwide movement led by the Arthritis Foundation that encourages people to move to prevent or treat arthritis.
The DePuy Companies share a similar goal to the Arthritis Foundation in that the Companies are unified under one vision -- Never Stop Moving™.
About the DePuy Companies
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is a leading global provider of orthopaedic devices for hip, knee, extremities, and trauma, as well as bone cement and operating room products. It is part of the DePuy Family of Companies, which has a rich heritage of pioneering a broad range of products and solutions across the continuum of orthopaedic and neurological care. These companies are unified under one vision – Never Stop Moving™ – to express their commitment to bring meaningful innovation, shared knowledge, and quality care to patients throughout the world. Visit www.depuy.com for more information.