Seasalt in Del Mar is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, April 15 to support the Walk to Cure Arthritis. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of all sales from brunch, lunch or dinner to the Arthritis Foundation. Sunday’s brunch includes specials such as bottomless mimosas and dishes like the new shrimp poblano omelet. For lunch and dinner, Seasalt also serves up specialty pastas, fresh seafood and sushi with beautiful lagoon views.
Jay Kopelowitz, part owner of Seasalt, has a personal connection to the cause as his son, Matthew, has juvenile arthritis. Matthew, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, is the teen ambassador of this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, which will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Waterfront Park.
Kopelowitz admits he didn’t even know there was such a thing as juvenile arthritis until his son was diagnosed. While many may know arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, fewer know the disease also impacts 300,000 children.
“I have been a part of the Walk To Cure Arthritis for three years, spearheading my own team.I am committed to walking/running every year at the Walk To Cure Arthritis in order to help raise money for research that one day will find a cure,” Matthew said. “This year, as a teen ambassador, I am honored and happy to help put a face and a story behind juvenile arthritis.”
Matthew had complained of pain but his pediatrician missed it, instead advising him to stop cracking his knuckles. Four years ago, Matthew got an infection in his hand after being stung by a bee and he went to Rady Children’s Hospital. Doctors became concerned looking at his other hand, noticing that his joints were not only inflamed in his hand but all over his body. He was diagnosed and began weekly shots of Enbril.
In addition to relentless pain, many children with juvenile arthritis deal with multiple doctor’s visits and treatment, missed school and limited mobility.
“Luckily Matthew doesn’t know a lot of pain but a lot of kids do suffer a lot of pain,” Kopelowitz said. “It’s debilitating for some to the point where they can’t walk.”
As soon as Matthew was diagnosed, Jay and his wife, Sheila, became involved with the Arthritis Foundation and this year are the planners for the April 28 walk. They are doing everything they can to raise funds and awareness for a cause so close to their hearts.
“Arthritis affects so many people, it doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves,” Kopelowitz said.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and everyone suffers differently—there are no cures yet. The Arthritis Foundation works to find treatments and a cure by addressing the shortage of rheumatologists, by funding new fellowships, advocating to remove barriers of care such as high costs of treatments (for example, one shot of Enbril is $1,000) and helping those with juvenile arthritis through educational opportunities, camps and other resources.
“Seasalt Del Mar is a local, neighborhood restaurant that tries to support many worthy causes to give back to our community,” said Salvatore Ercolano, general manager of Seasalt. “Since juvenile arthritis is not extremely well known by many people and affects a member of the Seasalt family, we are excited to be doing a fundraiser to help find a cure.”
Seasalt is located on 2282 Carmel Valley Road in Del Mar, 92014. For more information visit seasaltdelmar.com. To register for the Walk to Cure Arthritis or make a donation, visit bit.ly/2uIFw7I