Mayor is top fund-raiser for Arthritis Foundation ride |

Mayor is top fund-raiser for Arthritis Foundation ride

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra Sun Ron Parr of DMB Highlands and Truckee Mayor Craig Threshie shake hands after Parr donated $3,000 to Threshie's Arthritis Foundation bike ride Wednesday.

Truckee Mayor Craig Threshie was just hoping to raise enough money to qualify for the Arthritis Foundation ride when he decided to bike the 500 miles almost a month ago.However, as donations began pouring in, Threshie ended up sending more than $12,000 to the Arthritis Foundation – and was recognized by one of the four California foundation chapters as the top fund-raiser in an area that stretches along the eastern side of the state from Bakersfield to the Oregon border.”This is four times the amount that I had expected to raise,” said Threshie, who suffers from a rare type of osteoporosis. “It has been a really amazing response.”

Threshie received a $1,000 donation from DMB Highlands to jump-start the effort. And as the fund raising was completed, the developer added another $2,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match of money that others in the community contributed.”[Threshie’s story] peaked my interest and got my emotions going,” said Ron Parr, who manages DMB Highlands’ operations in the Truckee area. “I love the comeback story.”The nearly 300 cyclists who will ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles early next month have raised more than $1 million for research, education and advocacy for treatment a cures of Arthritis and related diseases.

Fund-raisers like the ride are the source of the more than $250 million the national Arthritis Foundation has contributed to research for treatments and a cure for arthritis.”The progress is huge,” said Mark Warren, president of the Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the foundation, who came to Truckee to congratulate Threshie. “It is dramatic.”Threshie’s comeback from a vigorous form of osteoporosis that had leeched away about one-third of his bone mass was astounding even to doctors who, at one point, told him he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

His recovery was fueled by some of the same drugs that the Arthritis Foundation has helped promote with their emphasis on treatment research.”A number of the things I inject on a daily basis are pretty cutting edge,” Threshie said.Warren said Threshie’s fund-raising efforts will go a long way in a foundation that focuses on arthritis research, education and advocacy.”This is by far and away the most [raised] of any individual,” Warren said. “It’s an extraordinary effort.”

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