Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to increase and it is estimated that by 2035, 1 in 4 Canadians will have arthritis. That means your best friend, your grandmother, your brother, or even you may have or develop arthritis.
At only 23, there are already two known cases of loved ones with severe arthritis in my life. My best friend Mickey Collins was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the young age of three. Every year, I have dedicated to donating to the Arthritis Society on her behalf because I cannot imagine a life without her and anything that I can do to make fighting a little bit easier, I will do it.
This year, a second love was added to the list of those affected by arthritis. Her name is Violet Morris and she was diagnosed this past September with Juvenile Idiopathic Polyarticular Arthritis at the age of only two. Violet and her family have touched my heart and brightened my life in the greatest way possible in the short time that I have known them though support, love, laughter, and accepting me whole-heartdly into their life. They’re passionate, optimistic, and so underserving of the stresses that chronic illnesses can give.
Though this disease may not be curable for either Mickey or Violet’s lifetime, it is important to help raise awareness, advocate, and invest in the chance of finding a cure and the right strategies to help fight Arthritis. This June 2019, I am honoured to be walking as a family with the Morris’ in the Walk for Arthritis London in behalf of Violet Morris. If you would like to sponsor our team “The Wild Violets” please click on the link or contact me to donate in person! It would mean the world to me.
Thank you & much love.
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