Did you know kids get arthritis?

Kids Get Arthritis

Believe it or not, kids get arthritis. Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common childhood diseases diagnosed throughout the country. People often think that arthritis is a disease that only affects older people, but nearly 300,000 kids have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis in the United States alone.


At the Arthritis National Research Foundation we are committed to raising awareness of juvenile arthritis and funds for juvenile arthritis research. We have and will continue to share many of these kids’ stories on this page and on our blog to ensure that kids with juvenile arthritis do not go unnoticed.

Story Spotlights From Some Inspiring Juvenile Arthritis Patients

Faith (@FaithKHunt)


Faith, a child actress and performer, uses her platform to share about juvenile arthritis and some of the areas it affects on her and kids like her. Many don’t know that kids get arthritis, but Faith and kids like her are spreading the word everyday in an effort the help find a cure.

Juvenile Arthritis Superhero Pushes Through the Pain


Nick is a young man with juvenile arthritis who looks up to his superheroes. In fact, he often gleefully prances around his house pretending to be The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man or Link from the Legend of Zelda. However, according to his parents, Nick isn’t just pretending — he truly is a superhero…

Mabel Asked Santa To Cure Her JIA


Most kids ask Santa for toys, trips, clothes, etcetera, but Mabel wanted something more. This past Christmas, she asked Santa for a cure for her Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. She said, “Dear Santa, I have been very good. What I would like is…

Chelsie’s Story

Chelsie Calvert was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) in 1992 at a mere 14 months old. She has spent a lifetime not allowing the diagnosis of RA to define her.

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Bailey’s Story

One day when she was two years old, Bailey woke up with a sore knee and wouldn’t walk on it.

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Chloe’s Story

When Chloe was 12 months old, her parents noticed that one of her toes was swollen, but didn’t think too much about it. Probably like most parents, the thought of arthritis never crossed their minds.

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Sophie’s Story

Sophie was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (jRA) when she was two years old. Why was a two-year old walking with a limp?

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Kelly’s Story

Kelly Rouba was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JA) at the age of 2 in the summer of 1982, a time when most parents had no idea that children could get this disease.

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Amazing Patients from the #KidsGetArthritis Community

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At ANRF we fund research to find a cure for arthritis. This working towards a cure for the hundreds of thousands of children suffering with this debilitating disease.


By supporting juvenile arthritis research each year, we are providing hope for the kids and their families living every day with arthritis. Join us, raise awareness about juvenile arthritis with our Kids Get Arthritis T-shirt and/or donate towards to research today!