Auto Show Volunteer and Car Lover Doesn’t Let Arthritis Take Her Out of the Driver’s Seat
Amber Veverka, 24, is an American Motors Corporation enthusiast who truly represents what the Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In is all about. Next month Amber will be showing off her 1970 AMX – a GT-style two-seater - for the first time. She’s been restoring the “muscle car” since 2006 when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 17.
The first symptom was swelling that began in a joint in Amber’s right pinkie. Fortunately, the swelling was addressed and treated early preventing further joint destruction.
As a junior in high school involved in varsity soccer, marching band, show choir and a weekly hiking club, a diagnosis of RA turned Amber’s life upside down. She was confined to a wheelchair for a time and could not work on her car due to the medications treating her arthritis.
Now, Amber will be showing her car and volunteering at the Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In on July 12 and 13. Please click here for tickets and to see the schedule of events. “I feel that very few people my age and gender are involved with classic car restoration. I want to show people with arthritis that we can live our dreams too. It may take a lot longer, in my case it took 6 and a half years, but there's no reason to give up just because you've slowed down,” Amber said.
Since graduating from Mount Union College in 2011, Amber has been doing extremely well and credits diet and exercise with improving her health. Her treatment plan calls for a weekly injection of a biologic drug and quarterly trips to Columbus to see her doctor. Even though pain and fatigue are still everyday struggles, her health continues to improve.
Ladies, start your engines!