Judith Flanagan Goes Blue

Judith Flanagan Goes Blue

As part of the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Go Blue For Arthritis Challenge this past month, there was one participant who decided to take the challenge a bit further, volunteering to dye her hair blue and cut it into a whimsical hairstyle voted on by others in the arthritis community. The brave rheumatoid arthritis warrior is Judith Flanagan, hailing all the way from Australia.

Judith discovered ANRF by way of The Blue Ribbon Project, the foundation that partnered with ANRF to create the Go Blue For Arthritis Challenge. From doing her research on arthritis and from her own experiences, Judith was inspired; her hope is to shed light and awareness on every patient and their families affected by various autoimmune diseases.

Having only been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a year ago, Judith, like many of her peers has been undergoing her own private battle. Her nearest rheumatologist is three hours from her home and she relies on the good graces of friends and family to help her get back and forth. Her RA even led to forfeiting her job in web technology because of complications with her medications. However, instead of letting her disease get the best of her, she’s taken matters into her own hands. She’s doing everything in her power to make a difference and she wants you to help!

“I want to show the world that I care,” Judith said. “I understand and am here for anyone who needs support. I want to make a difference in the lives of many.”

Another reason going blue appealed to Judith is because the color is a tribute to a late friend. Through personal battles and wanting to honor someone she cared about, her fight is to give back in a philanthropic way – and for her, going blue is the best way to do it.

As a way to show her support and spread arthritis awareness, Judith launched a public event on Facebook, called “Dolphingirljudy’s Blue Arthritis Fundraiser”. The event is designed to collect donations that directly benefit the Arthritis National Research Foundation and Arthritis New South Wales, which is based in Australia. The fundraiser showcases the eight pictures, seen on the right, of Judith and a selection of different blue hairstyles in each one. Participants of the virtual event will vote for which hairdo they like the best and Judith agreed to style her hair according to the winning vote.

“I am going all out for this,” Judith said. “I want everyone’s support just by saying they are going to the event – and hopefully we’ll receive some donations as well. I am doing this for everyone affected by these illnesses.”

Caring and brave are two words that could sum up Judith perfectly. She is bold enough to use herself as the vessel from which another branch of arthritis awareness can stem from. Because of her tenacity and willingness to help, she is doing her part to support arthritis research so that new innovations in the field of autoimmunity are more readily available.

In response to the support she has already received, Judith said, “I would like to extend a special thanks to Kath Donaldson of the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Australia, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, Arthritis NSW and last but not least my family and friends. Your support has been extraordinary and I can’t thank you enough.”

Please help out Judith’s cause by searching for “Dolphingirljudy’s Blue Arthritis Fundraiser” on Facebook. Helping her cause will not only be entertaining, but you’ll also be supporting arthritis research and awareness!

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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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