May 23 was a day of recognition for the tireless decade-plus work of West Seattle resident Judi Yazzolino in supporting, raising funds and serving on the board of directors for the Great West Region Arthritis Foundation.
Her peers in battling the disease that affects all people, from juveniles to the elderly, honored Judi with their annual Inspirational Leadership Award during the Journey to a Cure Breakfast at the Washington Athletic Club. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 forms of arthritis and treating the disease costs the U.S. economy $128 billion annually, results in 44 million outpatient visits and results in 9,367 deaths a year. Over 300,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, debunking an oft held belief that it is an elderly disease.
Judi, who is just over a month into her new position as the West Seattle Food Bank’s development director, has plenty of reason to battle for arthritis awareness. 25 years ago, she herself was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She said her mother and grandmother have also battled the disease.More ›