Until last summer, Ellie Pruitt was your typical little girl who loved to swing, draw with chalk on the driveway and feed the fish and turtles in the pond at the back of her house in Canton, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta. She was funny, smart and especially witty for a soon-to-be 4-year-old (and soon-to-be big sister).
But almost a year ago, Ellie started complaining about her legs hurting all the time and feeling tired. She started playing with her toys at the kitchen table because it was too painful to play on the floor. She couldn’t sit with her legs and feet crossed, unable to bend her knees 90 degrees. Her parents thought it might just be growing pains.
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If you think how far we’ve come in treating children with arthritis over the past two decades is nothing short of miraculous, get ready for some spectacular new discoveries in the not too distant future. That’s what Dr. Yukiko Kimura firmly believes – and she should know, since she’s been on the front lines of treating juvenile arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic diseases for more than 25 years.
Dr. Kimura is the chief of pediatric rheumatology at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She earned her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and did her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. The Arthritis Foundation supported her early training with a fellowship research award.
Continue reading Walk to Cure Arthritis: From Small Steps to Giant Breakthroughs
Cathy McHorse is one amazing parent, inspired to get involved in the fight against arthritis after her son Grant was diagnosed at age 12 with juvenile arthritis. A simple newspaper article about Austin’s Walk to Cure Arthritis prompted Cathy to make contact with her local Arthritis Foundation office in 2011, nearly three years after Grant’s initial diagnosis.
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Over the past three decades, Mayro Kanning has had 25 surgeries for her arthritis, including knee and hip replacements and operations on her neck, back and hands.
She’s had to give up horseback riding, tennis and racquetball, which were once her favorite pastimes. Today, performing everyday tasks like opening containers, buttoning a blouse or putting on socks is next to impossible.
Despite having to say No to many things rheumatoid arthritis (RA) prevents her from doing, Mayro has an unstoppable, ‘Yes I can’ attitude when it comes to fundraising and fighting the disease. She’s been courageously leading her Walk to Cure Arthritis team, Mayro’s Milers, for 13 years.
Continue reading Mayro’s Milers March On: Top 10 Reasons Why They Walk to Cure Arthritis
Because of their deep commitment to the arthritis community, and with generous support from their friends and relatives, the Anderson family of Wisconsin has raised almost $100,000 for the Arthritis Foundation since coming aboard as volunteers more than a decade ago. This past weekend, they celebrated the latest round of their fundraising feats by taking part in 2016’s first Walk to Cure Arthritis event at the nearby Mall of America.
Why do the Andersons walk? They do it for the estimated 300,000 kids in the United States affected by juvenile arthritis (JA), including one of their own. Alexandria Anderson, nicknamed Alex, was diagnosed with JA at age 4. Her mother, Tobie, says they initially went through what many families experience: “Lots of pain and struggles, but no answers,” then relief at finally knowing what was going on.
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