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National Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees

2018 National Adult Honoree

2018 National Adult Honoree

Anna Legassie

Growing up, Anna Legassie could outrun any other girl in her school. But health problems plagued her, including unexplained aches, fatigue and fever. She was finally diagnosed with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) at age 11. By 14, both hips had to be replaced, with a total of eight joint surgeries since then. Arthritis has affected her knees and other joints, too, as well as her heart.

After being told as a child she’d likely be confined to life in a wheelchair, Anna reclaimed her identity as an athlete in 2015 when she crossed the finish line of her first Spartan Race and has gone on to run 13 more races. She’s captain of Team Hips in Boston, raising more than $50,000 for the Walk to Cure Arthritis over the past five years. Anna’s also a strong Arthritis Foundation Advocate for herself and others, further showing she’s a fighter who won’t be defeated by the challenges of this disease.

Learn more about Anna and support her fundraising efforts

2018 Youth Honoree

2018 Youth Honoree

Kenley Huss

Kenley, age 8, was diagnosed with Oligoarticular JA when she was 16 months old.  She has had arthritis in both knees, wrist, ankle, toe, and finger.  Her diagnosis became extended oligoarticular when additional joints were eventually impacted.  Kenley takes weekly injections and sees her rheumatologist and eye doctors regularly, and of course has her blood drawn frequently. Kenley resides in Rosemount with her parents and younger brother.  She loves school and her favorite thing to do is dance!  This will be the sixth year that Kenley's Krew participates in the Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis, and her team has raised over $40,000 over the years.  Kenley is VERY excited to be the National Youth Honoree this year!

Learn more about Kenley and support her team