Student Web Activity

Chapter 19 Lesson 4: Taking Positive Action


One of the most empowering things you can do is take action to help find a cure for diseases like diabetes, cancer, or MS. Taking action can be something as simple as participating in a run to benefit medical research or as complex as writing an article. On the Web site below, you will learn how people who are taking action to raise awareness and money for arthritis research. As you read, think about how some of these activities could be used to help find a cure for a disease you are interested in.

Link to explore: The Arthritis Foundation:


  • Start at the Arthritis Foundation Web site.
  • Read the page on “Joints in Motion,” then click on and read the “Arthritis Walk,” and “Golf Events,” and “Hero of the Year” links.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link create your own plan to help find a cure for one of the diseases mentioned in this lesson.


  1. What is “Joints in Motion” and what do its members do?
  1. What is the “Arthritis Walk,” and what is the purpose of the walk?
  1. What organizations benefit from the golf tournament known as the Irish America’s Cup?
  1. How many Americans have arthritis and chronic joint pain?


  1. “Joints in Motion” is the Arthritis Foundation's athletic training program. Members raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis.
  1. The Arthritis walk is a walk held all across the U.S. during the month of May to raise awareness of and funds to find a cure for arthritis.
  1. Both the Arthritis Foundation (U.S.) and The Multiple Sclerosis Society (Ireland) benefit from the Irish America’s Cup.
  1. Seventy million Americans suffer from arthritis or chronic joint pain.
Additional Resources for Teachers

Below are some additional organizations that raise money to find a cure for diseases. You might want to have students compare the ways these organizations go about raising money and awareness.

  1. Live Strong:
  2. Relay for Life:
  3. National MS Society:
  4. American Diabetes Association:
  5. American Heart Association:
  6. Asthma and Allergies: