Keegan Brewster: A West Virginia Face of Arthritis

Keegan Brewster, 21, of Charleston, is a new office volunteer for the West Virginia Branch of the Arthritis Foundation. Brewster, who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) at 14 months old, has faced many challenges living daily with arthritis. Some of those challenges have been very serious, including being diagnosed with uveitis at age four that led to two cataract surgeries – one at age seven and another a year later. Brewster had surgery related to glaucoma at age nine and at age 16 she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Despite the challenges to her vision, Brewster is pursuing an online degree in multi-disciplinary studies from West Virginia University. Her career goal is to be an editor.

But today she is giving back.

“The Arthritis Foundation was helpful to me when I was younger, so I thought that I could give back by volunteering this summer,” she said. At the time of her diagnosis, Brewster’s parents, Lex and Marty, turned to the Arthritis Foundation for information and resources, including a list of pediatric rheumatologists.

Brewster, who has two brothers, John and Gray, and a puppy named Lake, will help coordinate the 2013 Charleston Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. She will also assist with internal and external communications.

For more information about arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation or programs and services for people with arthritis in West Virginia, visit www.arthritis.org/west-virginia. To learn more about Arthritis Foundation volunteer opportunities contact Shannon Holland, West Virginia Branch Director, at 304-205-1510 or at sholland@arthritis.org.

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