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.
www.KidsGetArthritisToo.org is designed for children to learn about symptoms, treatments, doctor visits, growing up with JA and more.
July 18-21, 2013
The Juvenile Arthritis Conference offers a chance to meet other families going through similar challenges, share stories, learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis, and have fun! Click here for details and to register.
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.
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.
How you can get involved and make a difference. Click here.
The UCB Rheumatoid Arthritis Family Scholarship Program
The UCB RA Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards exceptional students who take control of their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and do not allow it to control them. Click here to check on information for the 2012 program.
2013 JA Motorcade
Click here to visit Ault Park Concours d'Elegance's website.
2013 Camp Wekandu
Who: Children and teens with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and related conditions (who have completed first grade through high school graduation by the start of camp)
When: June 16-21, 2013
Where: Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville, OH
Cost: $480; financial assistance is available
What: Five-day summer residential camp
Flying Horse Farms’ Rheumatology Camp
July 28 – August 2
To apply, families can go to http://flyinghorsefarms.org/camp/how-to-enroll/. Camp filled up last year, so families will want to apply as soon as possible. In addition to the traditional residential camp, there are spring/fall family camps (where parents and siblings come along too), a sibling camp, a camp for alums older than 15, and a new ranger program for youth 15-18.
Information about those camps is available online or families are welcome to call Morgan Patten at 614-503-5593 or Olivia Miller, admissions coordinator for Flying Horse Farms, at 419-751-7077.
Annie W. Anderson Fall Family Camp
Presented by the Arthritis Foundation
October 5-6, 2013
Joy Outdoor Education Center
Clarksville, Ohio 45113
The camp is designed to give families that have children with arthritis the opportunity to meet other families, learn about arthritis, and have a great family weekend filled with camp activities.
Click here for additional information and/or to request registration forms, or contact Kelly Case at 1-800-383-6843/Ext 4060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Smriti Mohan, MD
Fellow, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
University of Michigan
CS Mott Children’s Hospital