Kids FIGHT Arthritis!

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

Being the mother of two young boys, keeping up with them is busy!  Now that the weather is warmer, the first thing they want to do in the morning is head out into the yard and jump on the trampoline!  They could do that for hours!  And they run at the chance to play in the park.  With determination they will make their way to the top of the climbing wall.  Run across the rickety bridge to be the first down the slide.  Jump to their feet to hurry over to the monkey bars stretching one arm at a time.  At the last bar he'll let go to be proud of his accomplishments!  That's how most kids play.

But not all children have that option.  Childhood arthritis, or juvenile arthritis (JA), occurs among boys and girls under the age of 16. It can be defined as continuous inflammation (pain, stiffness and swelling) of one or more joints lasting at least six weeks for which no other cause can be found.

Altogether,approximately 61,500 Canadian toddlers, youths and young adults live with the intense pain and disability of arthritis. That’s at least one case for every school.

While there is no cure for JA, an early diagnosis and effective treatment plan - medication, physiotherapy, physical activity and rest controls pain and helps to prevent perm
anent joint damage.

And now you too can help FIGHT ARTHRITIS ON JUNE 9th along with kids with arthritis to raise funds for The Arthritis Society.

This is The Arthritis Society’s 4th annual Walk to Fight Arthritis presented by the markers of  TYLENOL®.

Logan Hofer and his family will be among them.

Logan is a typical nine-year-old boy:  bright and energetic. He loves to ride his bike  and jump on his trampoline.  But unlike most boys his age, Logan has juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), a form of inflammatory arthritis that strikes children and causes their immune system to attack otherwise healthy joints. Logan suffers from arthritic flare-ups, and gets frustrated when he can’t keep up with other kids.

Arthritis affects Logan’s back, ankles, knees, and all of his fingers, making every day activities difficult. He is frequently in the hospital with appointments and tests – this is no life for a kid.  You can watch Logan's story here: (Be ready with a tissue!!)

So Logan is doing something about it.

By taking part in the Walk to Fight Arthritis, Logan is raising funds to support research, education and other programs designed to improve the lives of people living with arthritis. With a month still to go, Team Logan’s Creepers  has achieved its fundraising goal.  He says it’s the least he can do to help the 4.6 million Canadians who like him, are living with the challenges of arthritis.

Visit www.walkforarthritis.ca for more information!  Visit them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!

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