Juvenile Arthritis

Eleven year-old Roth didn’t count on getting arthritis – and most kids usually don’t. To the public, it’s an elderly person’s disease. However, he was diagnosed with Enthesitis; a type of arthritis that inflames the part of the body where the tendons and ligaments insert into the bone. For Roth, it’s his knees that are primarily affected.

Putting on socks, opening the fridge, tucking in the sheets, climbing stairs; not your average, everyday challenges – unless of course, you are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.  Shelley Rose Pomeroy Cook was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age four and has been living with the disease for most of her life.  Her case is a unique one though because she spends her time split between America, her home country, and Switzerland, where her parents are based for work.  Living on two continents has shown Shelley two varying sides of living with arthritis and has made her a worldlier person.

Miranda Gerber, now 19, was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthitis just before she turned two years old.  She, like many children faced with arthritis, underwent social hardships, physical pain, and daily doses of medications that sometimes made her feel worse.  In spite of her past however, and still fighting through arthritis presently, she holds strong and never loses hope that one day things will turn around.  Below, is her story...

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) supports juvenile arthritis research with special charity for children. Many people are unaware that kids get arthritis, too. At the ANRF, working towards a cure for juvenile arthritis, a disease that affects an estimated 300,000 children in the United States, is very important. To ensure that juvenile arthritis research receives funding each year, the ANRF established The Kelly Award for Juvenile Arthritis Research, an award guaranteeing that at the very least the ANRF will support one juvenile arthritis research project every year!

Every holiday season in some way is about holiday giving.  How many times are we reminded to be jolly and give during every Christmas holiday season? It is easy to be jolly and give during the Christmas season if you have no cares, are healthy and able to participate in all the fun activities that this special season offers.  But what if you couldn’t join in the fun?  What if you or your child couldn’t share the excitement, the laughter, the complete joy