Danika's Story

Danika Herndon was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 4. Since then, she’s been learning to cope with the aches and pains that come along with her diagnosis. 

At the age of 4, Danika Herndon was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). While she’s had her fair share of pain and inflammation, she’s learned how to manage her disease and say Yes to childhood. 

Danika achieved remission at the age of 9, but at 14, her JRA became active again. While the pain of JRA is never easy, her recent relapse has inspired Danika to become much more active in the arthritis community. She has been fortunate enough to attend several camps along the way, including KAT-Fish Camp, Camp Korey and Camp Arctic. These camps give kids who live with various forms of arthritis an opportunity to make lifelong friendships with other kids who understand the difficulties of living with juvenile arthritis.