Walking comes so easy to most of us that we take it for granted. However, for millions of people walking and mobility become painful and sometimes impossible because of debilitating bone and joint conditions due to injury, advancing age or ailments. To help those people struggling or unable to walk, Operation Walk Denver was established a decade ago to provide free surgery for those in developing countries with patients who do not have access to medical care.

More than 350 attended the 10th Anniversary of the Walk of Dreams 2013 Gala at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center with management oversight by Event Director Laura Fitch with Walk of Dream staff and volunteers.

The reception area bustled with excitement with long-time benefactors, staff, board members and indispensible volunteers united for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, a silent and live auction, and a video of Operation Walk Denver founder Dr. Douglas Dennis and his surgical team in action.

Speaking at the event were Dr. Larry Door, Founder of the Operaton Walk organization founded in Los Angeles in 1994, and Dr. Todd Miner and Dr. Douglas Dennis, Partners at Colorado Joint Replacement.

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, this annual September event supports the work of medical specialists of Operation Walk Denver, a team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and surgical technologists who provide joint replacement surgeries worldwide. The program also educates in-country orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on advanced treatments and surgical procedures.

The simple act of walking is just putting one foot in front of the other without much thought except when joint problems hinder mobility and healthy activity. Donations and fundraising ensure free surgical treatment for more than 50 patients every year with disabling arthritis and debilitating bone and joint issues. For more information visit: www.opwalkdenver.org or call 303-715-7600