Help Pattye on her journey with osteoarthritis to the highest mountain peaks in the world

Pattye Snyder Health Guide
  • "I am literally proving to our readers that in spite of my osteoarthritis, artificial joints, and continuing challenges with arthritis, I WILL be climbing part of one of the most famous mountains in the world as well as writing my blogs while living and working in a small rural village in East Africa. I think this would hopefully inspire and encourage our readers." 

                                                                 -- Pattye


    Our favorite photographer, traveler, adventurer and osteoarthritis suffer is starting an unbelievable journey and she is inviting us to follow along. Read the press release below about Pattye's work in East Africa and her call for support from readers, friends and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers.

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    Peoria resident and international nature photographer, Pattye Snyder, has accepted a unique volunteer opportunity to work with Cross Cultural Solutions, a non-profit volunteer organization. Cross Cultural Solutions is committed to placing volunteers in a variety of foreign countries for community development projects. Pattye will work with young women in Moshi, Tanzania, helping to establish a business for production of batik fabric for export. This business will help to sustain this small rural community in East Africa.


    After teaching, in the Peoria area, for 25 years Pattye retired. Her love of nature inspired her photography and landscape design work. Her rapidly developing osteoarthritis and subsequent surgeries led to her active volunteer work with the Arthritis Foundation as well as writing a monthly column for Health Central, an online informational and educational Website.


    Pattye realizes the importance of volunteerism and giving back. Cross Cultural Solutions asked Pattye to volunteer for this three month position and she quickly accepted. The costs of such an extended position are significant and Pattye has developed creative ways to try to support her volunteer work. Please visit to find lovely selections of greeting cards, T-shirts and framed work featuring Pattye's nature photography. (Pattye's site will be up and function on Feb. 21)


    All monies raised through her website, as well as donations, will help support Pattye's travel and housing expenses for this project.


    Cross Cultural Solution's mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

Published On: February 14, 2008