On October 1, 2011 the annual Arthritis Walk will take place. I encourage all to participate this year, not only will it be a wonderful chance for sisterhood and family time but an amazing chance to raise awareness and money for the Arthritis Foundation.
Please keep in mind that if you are unable to attend the walk, you are all encouraged to join the team and participate in the fund-raising. There is NO cost to join the team!! Our current goal is to raise $1000, but let's work hard to BEAT THAT GOAL!
Here are some details about the event:
October 1st, 2011
The District at Green Valley Ranch
2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson, NV
7:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Awards
9:00 a.m. Walk Starts
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Entertainment, Food, Vendors,
Dog Adoption sponsored by The District
Participants who raise more than $100 will receive an Arthritis Walk t-shirt.
This is Savannah, but we call her Savvy. Shortly after Savvy's first birthday she was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). It wasn't an easy diagnosis to accept. The family's journey started before her 1st birthday. About every two weeks she was at the doctor suffering from very high fevers & swollen lymph nodes. One afternoon Savvy woke up from her nap with a high fever and purple face, hands and feet. She was rushed to the pediatrician and then to the ER. After several hours and many tests they still had no answers. It wasn't until after they visited 3 specialists over a period of months that they finally saw a Rheumatologist, at which time she was diagnosed with Systemic JRA.
After Savvy was diagnosed they thought it would ease their worries because they knew what to treat. However, with this illness you never know what tomorrow is going to bring. A simple cold can cause her body to attack itself, swimming & being cold can cause high fevers, and falling down left her unable to walk for weeks. She is in pain and unable to play like most toddlers, but somewhere within she finds the strength and fights. She handles herself like a trooper. That makes her our hero and someday she will help others through this disease the way others have helped us. We can only hope that one day soon we will find a cure for this disease and help to bring a full time Pediatric Rheumatologist to Nevada.
Hope to see you all there!