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Living well while creating a future without arthritis
Provide leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis
Typically, arthritis is often thought of as a disease associated with aging, but did you know that children get arthritis too? The Arthritis Society estimates that as many as 24,000 Canadian children aged 18 and under live with a form of arthritis – that’s more than 3 out of every 1,000 kids. The Arthritis Society is focused on helping children and their families live better with arthritis while we invest in the search for a cure.
The Spasic family from London knows the pain of childhood arthritis and have participated in the Walk to Fight Arthritis over the past three years to raise funds for research.
As a baby, Danica became ill and started to develop a limp which over time became worse. At first, her parents thought perhaps her leg got caught in her crib. With the symptoms not getting any better to the point that Danica was unable to walk, a trip to the local emergency room was required. There she was referred to a local pediatric rheumatologist who was able to put Danica on a treatment plan to help her manage the inflammation in her knees and ankles. The pediatric rheumatologist, a therapist from The Arthritis Society and some medication have helped Danica to feel less pain and do what she loves to do, dance. Danica got to a point where she was in remission for almost a year and began to ween off of her medication. Unfortunately in early 2016, her symptoms began once more and this time, included the development of uveitis – inflammation behind her eyes. This is a common symptom but if not treated promptly and properly, uveitis can lead to vision problems and in severe cases, blindness. The news that Danica would have to go back on the full dose of medication was disappointing for the family and frustrating for Danica, now five and a half years old. However, despite the setback, the Spasic family remains hopeful, “we continue to remain positive for Danica. We hope one day she will overcome arthritis.”
Thanks to generous support from donors like you, The Arthritis Society is able to continue to fund and run various workshops and events in Ontario to help these children, teens and their families better cope and manage their arthritis symptoms.