A golf tournament happening on the summer solstice is raising money to benefit the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation Alaska.
There are about 125,000 people with arthritis living in Alaska, including 900 children, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
“It was real obvious to me that they were the underdog when it came to charities,” said Kevin Turkington, owner of Midnight Sun Homecare, a sponsor of the Midnight Sun Charity Golf Classic. “We have kind of become family in this effort to help people understand that it’s not your grandmother’s disease anymore.”
There are many different types of arthritis, but it’s commonly referred to joint pain or joint disease. Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It is a disability that can change a person’s way of life.
“You don’t just take a couple aspirin and everything is fine,” Turkington said. “…it’s like your joints become your enemy and it attacks them.”
The Arthritis Foundation Alaska helps fund research, public health programs and advocacy. Last year more than 2,600 Alaska relied on the foundation as a tool, according to its website.
The money raised at the 2017 Midnight Sun Charity Golf Classic will go to the foundation.
“Eighty-two percent of all the funds raised go directly to finding a cure and supporting those who suffer, and here in Alaska,” Turkington said. “Which is unheard of in the nonprofit world where mostly 30 percent goes to admin-type costs.”
Midnight Sun Charity Golf Classic
Swing into Solstice
- Friday, June 23
6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Settlers Bay Golf Course
- Register: 376-5466