Need some quick and powerful facts about Juvenile Arthritis to share on your personal fundraising page.? Here are three…

24,000 kids in Canada live and play in pain because of Juvenile Arthritis – we’re working to change that.

Here are some facts you can share on your own personal fundraising page – or when reaching out to friends and family – to help them understand why supporting kids + families through Team Cassie + Friends is so important!

3 in 1000

Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is the most common cause of chronic disability in children in Canada. 24,000 kids – or every 3 in 1000 – are affected. That’s just as common as Juvenile Diabetes and far more prevalent than leukemia, cystic fibrosis and other “better-known” childhood conditions.

Lack of Awareness Hurts

Despite being so common, most people still aren’t aware that kids can get arthritis. Because of that lack of awareness, many children will endure months of debilitating pain (written off as growing pains, sports injuries or even behavioural issues) before being referred to a specialist. This can have serious consequences for a child’s growing body and can lead to lifelong disability.

It’s painful, serious and incurable.

JA is not just a kid-sized version of adult arthritis; it’s a severe, auto-immune condition that, when left untreated, can lead to blindness, inflamed organs, permanent disability, anxiety and even depression – not to mention a stolen childhood. There are no cures and few treatments are safe and effective for a growing child.

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