Kids with Arthritis Inspired by LPGA Golfers McPherson and Blackwelder

ANRF Portland Children's Event

Kids with Arthritis Inspired by LPGA Golfers McPherson and Blackwelder

At the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), we know that research is the key to a cure and provides hope. But, hope can also come from meeting someone you can admire and strive to emulate. LPGA golf professionals, Kristy McPherson and Mallory Blackwelder, were the inspiration for kids with juvenile arthritis yesterday.

In town for the Cambia Portland (Oregon) Classic LPGA golf tournament, Kristy McPherson and Mallory Blackwelder spent part of their busy practice day bringing hope and inspiration to youngsters with juvenile arthritis. Kristy was diagnosed with Still’s Disease, a rare form of juvenile arthritis at age 11; Mallory has adult-onset rheumatoid arthritis. Each professional golfer shared her story about overcoming their disease to rise to the highest level in professional golf. They spent several hours together with the nine Portland-area JA kids who attended. First, they enjoyed a putting contest, followed by watching Kristy and Mallory on the driving range, then walked “inside the ropes” on the course, usually reserved for players only. The kids, ages 7 to 14, helped rake the sand traps, learned about pre-tournament notes that players make and asked countless questions of the ladies during their practice round.

ANRF Portland Children's Event

ANRF Portland Children's Event

ANRF Portland Children's Event

“They inspire me and give me so much more than I give them,” Kristy says of the JA kids she has met at various stops on the LPGA Tour.

Kristy McPherson has served on the ANRF Board of Directors since 2010 and Mallory Blackwelder is an ANRF Ambassador. To find out more about Kristy and her support of arthritis research, click here, and to learn more about Mallory’s ANRF involvement, visit ANRF Ambassador page.

Kristy McPherson and Mallory Blackwelder meet with young people with juvenile arthritis at various cities on the LPGA Tour. Contact us to see if she’ll be meeting with kids near you during the 2016 season. Both golf professionals have been recognized their work with ANRF, commitment to arthritis research and kids with JA.

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Arthritis National Research Foundation
arthritisresearch@curearthritis.org

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. There are several ways to support research through the ANRF. Find out more and donate today.

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