NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Todd Peck took steps to help fight arthritis, literally. He particpated in the Arthritis Walk-Charlotte at the U.S. National Whitewater Center to help raise funding for the Arthritis Foundation. Peck, who was diagnosed with arthritis as a child, trotted a three-mile course along with hundreds of arthritis patients and their families as a reminder to stay moving for at least 30 minutes a day to help prevent or treat arthritis.
As the Arthritis Foundation's signature event, The Arthritis Walk raises funds and awareness every year to fight the nation's leading cause of disability. In addition to fighting arthritis and helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain, the foundation aims to make the impact of arthritis and move together to help prevent and treat this serious and painful disease through research, education and community programs.
Participants walked for friends or family members with arthritis, and those with arthritis wore blue hats to signify their action to take control of their condition.
"Today was a whole lot of fun," Peck said. "I really enjoyed seeing everyone come together and make strides towards fighting arthritis. It's obviously an important cause to me and I was really excited to see the support that flowed in from the community."
Peck, driver of the No. 40 Arthritis Foundation Silverado, had his race truck and team hauler at the event for the walk's participants to experience. In an effort to boost the fundraising efforts, he accepted $1 donations for the foundation from participants to sign a sticky note and post it on his truck. He also accepted donations to sign his pit wall banner.
"It's an honor to use our race program to help the Arthritis Foundation," said Keith Wolfe, general manager of Peck Motorsports. "We're proud to support their efforts and hope we can continue to do so for years to come. We're already looking forward to next year's walk."
Peck announced last week that he will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action this season, driving for his family-owned Peck Motorsports team. His first race will be at Kentucky Speedway on June 27.
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