Greetings family, friends, co-workers ...
Please support the Arthritis Society and our team... Hannah's Heroes!
We are walking because there is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease.
As a family "Living With Arthritis", we know first hand the effects that this inflammatory disease has caused our daughter Hannah, since first receiving her diagnosis in April 2006 at the IWK Health Centre. Although diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in both of her knees, we were even more concerned with the attack on her eyes by Uveitis (inflammation of the eyes) and Glaucoma (elevated intraocular pressures). As a result, Hannah has not missed a day of eye drops since October 2004. She has persevered despite many difficulties and obstacles that she has overcome during the past 14 1/2 years. This has included two cataract surgeries in her kindergarten year (2006), three Glaucoma Shunt surgeries (2008, 2010, 2015) followed by two Glaucoma Revision surgeries (2017, 2018). Along with her eye drops, Hannah receives Remicade, a biologic medication, given by IV Infusion every four week at a cost of over $10,000.00 per treatment. Hannah is an active teenager, now 18, who will be graduating in June and has been accepted to UNB Fredericton for the Fall. Over the years, she has been active with cheerleading, field hockey and works part-time while maintaining good academic performance all while "Living With Arthritis". All of this would not be possible without the support of our family, friends and co-workers and for the wonderful care and treatment she has received over the years from the healthcare community including: Dr. Symonds (Ophthalmologist) and staff, Dr. Alexander (Paediatrician) and staff, Dr. Huber (Rheumatologist) and staff (IWK Health Centre - Halifax), Dr. Nicolela (Ophthalmologist) and staff (VG Hospital - Halifax), Dr. LaRoche (Ophthalmologist) (IWK Health Centre), Dr. Saunders (Optometrist) and staff, St. Joseph's Hospital - Eye Clinic, Saint John Regional Hospital- 4AS Nursing Staff.
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 spouse, parent, sibling, relative or co-worker 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. Please help make this the best year ever by making a donation to support the Arthritis Society and our team - Hannah's Heroes and this most worthy cause.
Guy & Jocelyn Richard