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National Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees

Parker Lentini

2016 National Youth Honoree

Parker Lentini

Parker Lentini is a Powerful, Positive “Purple Playa” with a Passionate hope for a cure!

Now 16, Parker was diagnosed with polyarticular systemic onset juvenile arthritis at the age of 10. Since his diagnosis, he has endured hospitalizations and drug failures, and his disease has also attacked his vital organs. Most recently he underwent major reconstructive surgery on both of his legs, ankles, and feet.

As the Arthritis Foundation’s 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Youth Honoree, Parker wants to raise awareness of the devastating pain and disability that children with arthritis face. He and his family believe all children deserve pain-free fun. Parker is committed to supporting the Arthritis Foundation in finding a cure and bringing hope to all families dealing with arthritis.

2015: Personally raised $11,135      Team raised $13,225

2016 Goal: $20,000           

Parker's Purple Playas Team Page

April West

2016 National Adult Honoree

April West

April’s journey with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) began as a college student when she experienced sharp wrist pain that travelled the length of her arm. A few months later, she suffered a full-blown flare and landed in the hospital. Ultimately she was diagnosed with RA by a rheumatologist. She had no idea that would mark the beginning of a lifetime of taking medications, hospital stays and adapting to a new lifestyle.

Since being introduced to the Arthritis Foundation and the support we provide, she has “caught the philanthropic spirit!” As 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis National Adult Honoree, April’s goal is to make people aware that arthritis does not just affect older adults. Along with raising awareness and funds, she’s also offering hope and support so that others won’t have to endure the pain and isolation arthritis can bring. She wants everyone to know that, through it all, arthritis has not won.

2015: Personally raised $9,600+   Team raised $11,400

2016 Goal: $25,000

April West's Team Page