“My name is Rachael Kimola, I'm 38. Was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when I was about a year and a half old. I've had more than a dozen joint replacement surgeries, including bi-lateral hip and knee replacements when I was 18.
I started volunteering with the Arthritis Society about 10 years ago because I wanted to connect with other people my age with arthritis. When I was told there was no support group for young adults with arthritis in the Okanagan, I started one. YAWA - The Young Adults with Arthritis has been providing support for its members for about 8 years now. Every year our team participates in the Walk for Arthritis, we have been the top fundraising team in Kelowna every year since we started.
I also help run some of the educational workshops in Kelowna for people who recently have been diagnosed with arthritis. I really enjoy being able to help people who are new to living with arthritis.”
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