You probably didn’t know this, but July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Nearly 300,000 kids in the United States have arthritis. Once you have arthritis you never outgrow it. There is no cure for arthritis.
I was diagnosed with arthritis three years ago and since then I’ve made it my mission to let people know that kids get arthritis, too.
My brother, Jack, and I are hosting our Third Annual Juvenile Arthritis Lemonade Stand and bake sale on Friday from noon until 3 p.m. outside of Walla Walla Builders Supply. (It is on Tietan Street behind Walgreens and across from the Stone Hut).
We’ve raised over $8,000 for the Arthritis Foundation at our past two lemonade stands and we hope to beat that number with this year’s event.
This year we are also giving a portion of the proceeds to Children’s Wishes and Dreams.
A lot of people ask me what my life is like since I was diagnosed with JIA, so here is my answer: “Having arthritis doesn’t mean you have to quit doing the things you love, I still play sports and can participate in just about everything, but sometimes you have to make difficult choices. Life is a climb and this is my journey.”
Please join me for some lemonade on Friday at our Juvenile Arthritis Lemonade Stand.
While blue is the official color for arthritis, I will be wearing pink at the lemonade stand because it’s my favorite color!