Our discovery with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Woodbridge, VA / July 03, 2012

While most Americans will be focused on barbeques and the beach for the 4th of July, over 294,000 children will continue their battle with a life altering disease, juvenile arthritis.

Most Americans do not know that over 294,000 U.S. children suffer from arthritis. This autoimmune disease is particularly dangerous in children because their immune systems are not yet mature. Most people think of old people having arthritis. An estimated 50 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from some form of arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability and missed time from work.

In the case of young sufferers, it means missed time from school, play and childhood pleasures that other children take for granted. It means time in the hospital for intravenous treatments. The juvenile forms of arthritis can seriously affect the eyes (a condition called uveitis) and other organ systems. Sadly, juvenile arthritis (JA) does not always stop at age 18-21. Many suffer the symptoms of JA throughout adulthood.

“Being a parent with a child who has juvenile arthritis is very hard but my daughter and the other children I have seen have been resilient,” says board president, Crystal Cavalier. “I know that we are raising awareness and supporting arthritis research and this research will one day alleviate the pain of arthritis.

Support Our Arthritic Kids Inc. is the charity that funds research to cure arthritis. To make a difference in the fight against juvenile arthritis, SOAK is establishing a special grant to foster research in this area. “The Cate Cavalier Award” is an annual grant given to a scientist in the Juvenile Arthritis Research field. Cate, in The Cavalier Award, is a youth ambassador, Catherine Cavalier, a young lady who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age 8.

“My friends in school and many teachers’ don’t know kids get arthritis,” says Cavalier. “At Support Our Arthritic Kids, we help educate the community about these diseases that afflict young kids and older people. Supporting this research has never been more critical.”

Visit in http://www.supportourarthritickids.com and you, too, will be inspired. Make a difference and make a donation today!

Anette Nichols
Support Our Arthritic Kids, Inc


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