2014 JA Conference Scholarship Applications!

The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region is excited to announce the availability of scholarships for families in our five state region (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Central & Western Pennsylvania) to attend the 2014 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Keystone, Colorado at the Keystone Resort from July 3-6.

Click here for more information and an application.


New FREE CD Available! Juvenile Arthritis – Medication Resource CD

The Medication Resource CD
is designed to allow you to easily move through the module to the areas that are of interest.  You will find interviews with parents, children, and medical staff along with resource and documents for your use. If you would be interested in receiving a free copy of the Medication CD please click here to submit your request.

The Arthritis Foundation values families who face the challenges of arthritis and related diseases.  Below you can learn about the many opportunities available in your area through the Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Program. is designed for children to learn about symptoms, treatments, doctor visits, growing up with JA and more.  

The Arthritis Foundation Pen Pals
This program provides the opportunity for children with juvenile arthritis or a related condition to make a new friend and share feelings and experiences. Children sign up by filling out a questionnaire and are assigned a pen pal with similar interests.

 Juvenile Idiopathic (Rheumatoid) Arthritis and Its Impact on Kids

This autoimmune disorder doesn't just affect elderly people. Sometimes, children are impacted, too. Luckily, treatments and outlooks have improved for kids. This story features Andy Moy and Charlie Stahl, who are long time volunteers at the Arthritis Foundation and do not allow it to control them.


Get Involved

Juvenile Arthritis Alliance (JAA)
The JA Alliance is a virtual community connected through the Arthritis Foundation website.  We’re here to provide the resources and opportunities for you to learn, connect and share with others. Click here for more info. 

Learn about how you can get involved and make a difference.  Click here.

For more information on Juvenile Arthritis programs, please contact Kara Dorda at 855-529-2728, Ext. 6601 or


July 27-Aug1
Space is limited and campers will be considered in the order their applications are received. Counselor-In-Training campers will be screened based on their application, essay and telephone interview..

Click here for additional information and/or to request registration forms, or contact Kara Dorda at or 248.530.5021.



Raising a Child with Arthritis:
What to Expect, What’s New and Managing Family Dynamics

Click view this webinar via YouTube.

Featured Speaker:
Smriti Mohan, MD
Fellow, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
University of Michigan
CS Mott Children’s Hospital

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