Once again this year we will be walking to raise funds for Arthritis.
As many of you know my 8 year old nephew, Gavin, was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis 3 years ago.
We want to draw attention to Rheumatoid Arthritis and how this disease affects young children. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease that causes inflammation around the joints, eyes, skin and even internal organs. The only current treatment for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis are immuno-suppressant drugs that combat the immune system to reduce inflammation. There is no cure. These drugs are the same ones used for chemo therapy in cancer patients. As we all know, the side effects of these drugs can be difficult to manage.
Gavin was getting a weekly chemo therapy shot at home, which also required that he take a strong anti-nausea medication (same as used on Cancer patients), while also receiving daily eye drops to keep eye inflammation down. The medicine kept Gavin symptom free so that he can enjoy an active life. He has recently ended his treatments and now we just wait with fingers crossed that we do not see any more flares.
Our hope is that in Gavin's lifetime they will discover a cure, and not just treatments.
Please don't feel any pressure to donate.
This year the Arthritis Society has asked Gavin to lead the Walk as the ambassador family.
Please follow attached link to support us in our walk with Gavin's Speedy Sloths.
There is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease - that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis.
Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to increase. By 2035, 1 in 4 Canadians will have arthritis. That means you or your wife, your mother or your brother just may have arthritis.
As the prevalence of arthritis increases, so does the demand for investment into cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative information and support that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.
This year the Walk for Arthritis is celebrating its 10th year - help make this the best year ever by joining the Walk for Arthritis community and supporting this important cause!
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