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The Kids Rheum Network is a unique support system, which has been created to reach out to the youngest members of our arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation: Mid Atlantic Region provides a support network for families who live in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. This family Network was created:

* Specifically for children with arthritis and all other forms of rheumatic disease, their siblings and parents
* To offer a variety of activities that provide a mix of fun, education, mutual support, and friendship
* To serve as a resource for helpful information, self-management strategies and socialization

New to Kids Rheum? Click here to sign up today and receive your free back pack full of educational materials and fun gear that is included in being a new member of Kids Rheum! Membership is FREE!

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Find even more online resources by checking out the National Juvenile Arthritis Site here.

Activities Currently Offered

Annual National Conference: A four-day fun and educational conference for the whole family sponsored by the national JA Alliance.

Arthritis Walks and Jingle Bell Runs: Families form teams to raise funds for research. Enjoy interactive activities and more with events that promote exercise while raising awareness of Rheumatic Diseases. May and December

Juvenile Arthritis CampsHappy campers, lasting friendships! For many young people, a week at summer camp with other kids who have JA can change their life. The Arthritis Foundation’s JA camps give kids with arthritis and related conditions the chance to make lasting memories. Camps feature traditional summer camping activities, such as campfires, singing and storytelling, arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, nature hikes, rock climbing, horseback riding, zip lines and more. July and August  CLICK HERE TO FIND JA CAMPS NEAR YOU!

Local Seasonal Events: Join us for these free events in your local area, there will be lots of food, fun and new friendships. In the past the Arthritis Foundation has offered events such as baseball games, Sunday brunches, outings to the pumpkin patch, Children’s Museum, or water parks! Some events bring in pediatric rheumatologists or other doctors from our community to speak with parents and answer questions.

The Foundation also works to keep families in the loop on new doctors or clinics, scholarships to camps or educational scholarships, legislation that affects you and more!

Questions or comments about Kids Rheum? Contact Katie Sperberg at ksperberg@arthritis.org or call 202-787-5325.

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