Our Team’s Story

Our Team’s Story

Wonder how Team Cassie + Friends first got started? It all began with one dad running for his 2-year old daughter….

Cassie was only two-years old when arthritis changed her and her family’s life forever. One day, she was a happy, energetic and vibrant toddler and the next, she could no longer walk.  

When Cassie’s parents, David Porte and Debbie Setton, first faced the terrifying and confusing news of her diagnosis – can kids even get arthritis? – they started searching for information and a way to connect with other parents who could help them make sense of the countless doctors visits, tests, medications and worst of all, their child’s excruciating pain. They found nothing.

That’s when David Porte decided to sign up for the Scotiabank 5K & Half Marathon Charity Challenge Run to try and make a difference for all the kids, just like Cassie, living with painful arthritis.

By sharing their daughter’s story with friends, family and anyone who would listen, the Porte Family brought together an incredible community of kids, parents, families, doctors, researchers, nurses, healthcare workers, businesses and friends all dedicated to transforming the lives of kids and families living with arthritis. That group is known today as “Team Cassie + Friends” – one of the most anticipated events organized each year by Cassie + Friends Society – a registered charity that raises awareness for Juvenile Arthritis, supports and connects affected families and funds critical research for a better today and brighter tomorrow.

Read David Porte’s full story: Terrifying, Disheartening, Inspiring (or why I run)

PS: You can help to keep transforming the lives of kids and families living with childhood rheumatic diseases, like Juvenile Arthritis, by signing up to be a part of Team Cassie + Friends. Don’t forget to enter our special Charity Pin Codes when you register:

  • 5K – 17CFS5K
  • Half Marathon- 17CFS21K
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