Charity For Children: Juvenile Arthritis Research

Charity For Children: Juvenile Arthritis Research

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!

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), juvenile arthritis can be any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers under 18 years old. In some instances, arthritis even affects children as young as a few months old.

One such child is Bailey, a young girl living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). She was diagnosed with JRA at the age of two. After Bailey experienced some knee pain and swelling her parents took her to the doctor. A battery of tests and a lot of inconclusive answers led the family to suspect she had an autoimmune disease. Not too long after, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and later uveitis, an inflammatory condition resulting from JRA that affects the eyes and can cause blindness.

Bailey is just one of the many children who deal with a disease that not only affects there mobility but robs them of their childhood. Throughout her young life she has had to endure endless doctor visits, medications, shots and surgeries.  She must learn to cope with an illness that has no cure.

ANRF funds juvenile arthritis research for the community of children, like Bailey, who have juvenile arthritis and other rheumatoid diseases.

The Kelly Award is charity for children, ensuring juvenile arthritis research will continue. The Arthritis National Research Foundation wants to end juvenile arthritis and The Kelly Award is at the center of curing this children’s disease. Each Kelly Award recipient is devoted to learning more about juvenile arthritis, bringing us one step closer to new treatments and cures that will make a difference in the lives of children.

The award is named after ANRF Board member, Kelly Rouba, who continues to be an inspiration while she lives with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Like Bailey, Kelly was diagnosed at age two. Kelly has made it her life’s mission to make a difference in the disease that has limited her so that others will not have to suffer as she has. The Kelly Award recognizes her hard work and helps ensure that this children’s disease will one day be eradicated.

Arthritis research is the key to bringing us closer and closer to a cure for thousands of children. The Arthritis National Research Foundation has made it simple to be an advocate for juvenile arthritis funding. Simply choose to donate to juvenile arthritis research and you will forever be a part of a greater purpose for charity for children.

Please check out The Kelly Award to learn more about how you can support research towards curing juvenile arthritis or make a donation today!

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

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. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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