We are just 30 days away from the 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis in Grand Rapids and we are getting excited for the event. We would love to have a huge turn out for our team to support Mackenzie. This has been a rough year for her with her relapse and the support means a lot even if she doesn’t always know how to show it or express it.
We are still over $2000 away from our fundraising goal and coming up short of our participant goal and it’s hard. (Losing out on our big fundraiser was heartbreaking for us) We haven’t even managed to match last year. I know we still have 30 days but I can’t help but feel we are coming up short and I know this money really does go to fund things that are important. The Foundation has a history of advocating for and with patients at both the state and federal level. They fund programs for those with arthritis including JA Power Packs for kids diagnosed with arthritis that include tools and information to help navigate a new diagnosis and a bear that can be warmed up to help comfort sore and achy joints. They fund family and kids programs like the JA Conference where families all around the country can come together to learn and share with families all facing this terrible disease together and Camp Dakota and other JA Camps around the country…a special week of summer camp just for kids with active arthritis. This camp allows kids with JA to experience summer camp and childhood in an environment where they won’t feel different or limited or excluded because of their JA. And most importantly they fund critical research for relief of symptoms of the disease and ultimately the goal of a cure! And we need a cure!
If you can spare a dollar or two now for a donation or an hour or two on May 6th to walk with us, please click on this link and join us. Whether you believe it or not, even one dollar makes a huge impact and every person that walks with us May 6th makes an impression (especially in the eyes of a beautiful little girl). http://www.walktocurearthritis.org/grandrapids/mackenziessidekicks
On a different note regarding the Walk, The Arthritis Foundation reached out to us and made us a new Face of Arthritis sign for the Walk. It blows my mind to think that we are on year number five of fighting this horrible disease. She sure has changed since her last sign was made three years ago: