8 Year Old Chooses to Raise Awareness for Juvenile Arthritis in Lieu of Birthday Presents
Let’s Move Together – Arthritis Walk – Team Kaetlyn
There are people all around us dealing with issues every day and if you take a minute to get to know someone you may just find out how much they are dealing with. A networking friend of mine helps her daughter deal with real pain every day.
Meet Kaetlyn Rodriguez. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at 18 months old. She has to have two shots a week. Saturday use to be Kaetlyn’s favorite day, but not since it has become shot day; she does not look forward to Saturdays. Kaetlyn says: “I really wish I did not have this disease. I hope one day they will find a cure. My mom always says God only gives you what you can handle. She says one day I will do something great. I hope she is right”.
Kaetlyn had the idea to have her 8th birthday be a “fundraiser birthday” so she has joined the 2012 Let’s Move Together – Arthritis Walk campaign. Kaetlyn is helping to raise funds for this important cause and has set up her own fundraising page. In lieu of giving her birthday presents, Kaetlyn is asking her friends and family to make a donation instead.
Kaetlyn is one of more than 300,000 children throughout the United States that are afflicted with arthritis.
These are some of the faces of arthritis:
If you’d like to support Team Kaetlyn and others in their fight against juvenile Arthritis by participating in the 2012 Let’s move Together – Arthritis Walk or volunteering your time for the event, visit this website for more information. If you’d like to support Kaetlyn with her fund raising efforts, visit Kaetlyn’s page.
The 2012 Let’s Move Together – Arthritis Walk
Saturday, May 19, 2012
12700 Park Central
Dallas, TX 75231
Let’s Move Together is a nationwide movement that encourages people to move daily for better health to prevent or treat arthritis. Moving just 30 minutes per day can ease joint pain, improve mobility and reduce fatigue.
Find new ways to move and share your story at www.letsmovetogether.org.