Hannah Martin, Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, participated in the Arthritis Walk.
Hannah Martin, Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, participated in the Arthritis Walk. The event was help in Louisville, KY at the Louisville Slugger Field. This event was used to raise money to support Arthritis research. The non-competitive 5K walk (3.1 miles), with a one-mile option, is expected to raise $62,000 to support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research that hopefully will lead to a cure. More than one million people of all ages in Kentucky have been diagnosed with arthritis, that’s 32 percent of the state’s adults. Kentucky ranks second in the country for the highest incidence of arthritis in adults. And nearly 4,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with arthritis. Fibromyalgia affects about five million Americans and is a condition associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic autoimmune disease, affects 1.5 million Americans. Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men. RA can affect more than joints. The heart, lungs, eyes, blood vessels, nervous system and more can be involved. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children, more than the number of children affected with juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.
Ciara Wilson, Miss Oregon Junior Pre-teen Queen, has been busy raising funds to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis! Ciara, an active girl that enjoys competitive dance and ski racing was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis two years ago.
Ciara Wilson, Miss Oregon Junior Pre-teen Queen, has been busy raising funds to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis! Ciara, an active girl that enjoys competitive dance and ski racing was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis two years ago. This disease affects over 300,000 American children. Currently, she is doing well and enjoying her active lifestyle. Ciara realized that many kids with Juvenile Arthritis suffer with no cure in sight. As a result she has organized her own fundraiser called “Ciara’s Day of Dance” to support CARRA, the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance. She organized a dance party with her friends to support this great cause. Ciara raised over $400 to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis! Check out the website to see more!
In addition, Ciara attended the Jingle Bell Run Kick-Off Party which benefits the Arthritis Foundation of Oregon. The festivities were held at the Nike World Headquarters on October 23, 2011. The Jingle Bell Run takes place in downtown Portland, Oregon on December 4, 2011 . In the photos, Ciara is pictured with the Grand Marshall for the run, Annise Nassib, and the Youth Grand Marshall, Owen Dye. She looks forward to volunteering at the upcoming holiday event! Check out the website to see what took place!