I'm fundraising as I personally know the effects arthritis can have on not only an individual but on the surrounding family, friends, schoolmates, and co-workers. I was diagnosed at 8 years old with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and up until I was 24 (I am now 28) I only had brief periods of remission (The pain didn't stop me much as a child!). The research into drugs has come a long way since I was a child and still has a long way to go and I wouldn't be in as good of condition without it. (Been on a myriade of drugs, including several biologics until Xeljanz came around and ended up being near perfect!)
I will forever be effected by the disease (And those around me!), even if it is not currently active. As far as I understand, EVERY joint pretty much has been effected at one point in time or another and I will always experience pain, discomfort, and limitations in some way. I wish Xeljanz was around when I was younger to limit the damage and so my hope for the future is that no one, adult or child, will have to get to such a point by limited medical options. Arthritis is so complex, so many unknowns and variables, a "cure" would be a dream come true!
Kids get arthritis too!
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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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