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Juvenile Arthritis Conference Teen Panel

JA Conference Teens Shares Stories of Being Stronger Than Arthritis

What makes you stronger than arthritis? We asked this question to the kids, siblings, parents and caregivers that attended this year’s National Juvenile Arthritis Conference this summer. We know that any victory is worth celebrating, whether it is being able to tie your shoes in the morning or walking the Walk to Cure Arthritis course. Sometimes it’s not a physical feat that is accomplished, but being able to attend school more or finding a new passion for music and art.
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Juvenile Arthritis Conference West Phoenix, AZ

2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference West a Success!

From the San Francisco bay to the shores of Boston, Massachusetts, over 1,000 children and their families, young adults and health care professionals descended upon the desert of Phoenix, Arizona for the 32nd Annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference. The first of two JA Conferences this year hosted by the Arthritis Foundation brought together first time attendees and veteran families who have returned to the annual conference.
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Matt Iseman Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Matt Iseman Shares Touching Video With Families at Juvenile Arthritis Conference

As the iconic voice and host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Matt Iseman cheers on athletes every day as they weave their way through different obstacle courses and challenges. Last night at the Opening Dinner of the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference West in Phoenix, Arizona, Matt sent a touching video message to our JA Warriors full of hope and well wishes.
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2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme

First of Two 2016 JA Conferences Begins Today!

Today, families from around the nation are gathering in Phoenix, AZ, for our JA Conference WEST – the first of two national Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Conferences we are hosting this year. These two conferences give families, kids, teens and young adults affected by JA and other rheumatic diseases an opportunity to share time connecting, learning, sharing tips and forming bonds that can last a lifetime.
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Juvenile Arthritis Conference Scholarships

July Is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that July is Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Awareness month? An estimated 300,000 children in the U.S. — that’s 1 in 250 kids — are affected by some form of JA. This disease takes a unique physical and emotional toll on kids, often resulting in debilitating pain and feelings of loneliness or depression. JA can make it especially challenging for kids to say Yes — Yes to playing, Yes to hanging out with friends, Yes to spending time with family, Yes to being a kid!
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2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme

Get Ready for the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences!

On two long weekends in July and August, families will descend on the desert in Phoenix, Arizona and the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences. The JA Conference is an unforgettable annual family event, where more than 2,000 kids, teens, young adults, siblings, parents and caretakers come together to meet, learn and play.

Stay Connected!

Visit and bookmark our Things You Should Know page, where information about the JA Conference will be updated!

Learn more and sign up for the inaugural Parent Buddy Program, where families that are new to the conference will be paired up with veteran families.

  • Get in the spirit by participating in Conference Theme days! Learn more about what to pack to represent your home state and Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run team!
  • Save time on Opening Night by filling out consent forms for your children or teens.

How Are You Stronger Than Juvenile Arthritis?

Tell us how you, your child and/or your family is Stronger than Arthritis! Use this link to print, write, take a picture or selfie and send it in to let us know!

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Highlights of the 2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference

Check out some of the great moments from last year’s JA Conference below!

JA Conference Sponsors

JA Conference Spotlight

2016 National JA Conference Scholarship Opportunity!

The Arthritis Foundation was just awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award to develop a program to further educate families about research at both 2016 National JA Conference locations.

This year’s session is designed to help families understand the importance of their participation, what it means to fully participate, and how to become a partner in research.  The program will include topics such as: Continue reading 2016 National JA Conference Scholarship Opportunity!

2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme

Introducing the 2016 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Theme: Stronger Than Arthritis!

Arthritis doesn’t define us. We are stronger than arthritis – we won’t let it change our lives, change our future and change our course. We are smarter and we are bolder than arthritis. And we are thrilled to announce the 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference theme: Stronger Than Arthritis.

Stronger than Arthritis represents the awe-inspiring strength shown by the children, families, and caregivers we meet, who constantly face and passionately overcome everyday challenges to show their strength.
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2015 Juvenile Arthritis Conference Thank You

Juvenile Arthritis Conference: A Place for JA Families to Connect & Make Memories

At each of the Arthritis Foundation’s National Juvenile Arthritis Conference, we meet children and their families that are participating in the conference for the first time. Different milestones are achieved – whether it’s meeting another family with the same diagnosis or seeing their kids play all day. Along with our veteran returning families, this makes for a truly amazing experience for all in attendance.

2015 Thank You Recap Video

In 2015, we received hundreds of thank you cards, notes and pictures from conference kids and their families. And while we are graciously humbled by their gratitude, these words continue to drive and inspire us here at the Arthritis Foundation more each year.

2016 Registration & Scholarships Are Open

As registration and scholarship applications have opened for the TWO 2016 National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences, we look forward to seeing you and your family soon!