I was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when I was 2 years old. Over the last 13 years my doctors, parents and I have had lots of success managing my symptoms so I have far more good days than bad because of JIA. The doctors know so much more about this disease now than they did 13 years ago because of research and education.
I named the team Blacks' Plague this year because arthritis is a plague that has affected more than just me in our family. My Papa, my grandmas and my dad are also affected but we are all deteremined not to let arthritis stop us!
If you are able to join us on the walk to raise awareness we will have a great time, if you are unable to come and walk with us please consider helping the arthritis society continue to fund research by donating to Blacks' Plague. My goal this year is to raise $500, please help me in any way you can.
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 solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.
Please join me in supporting this important cause.
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