Zion's Story

Arthritis changed Zion’s perspective on life. In two short years, he went from being able to do everything an average, active kid would do, to being limited and in pain.  

Zion Graf first learned that he had arthritis in June 2016 at 15 years old. After experiencing extreme pain and swelling in both heels and his left knee for a year, he was diagnosed with enthesitis-related juvenile arthritis (JA). The diagnosis came as a shock because he didn’t fully understand what arthritis was, and he had never heard of a young person with the disease. He was also relieved, as he now knew what he was fighting and could work toward getting his pain under control.  

Arthritis changed Zion’s perspective on life. In two short years, he went from being able to do everything an average, active kid would do, to being limited and in pain. Before arthritis, playing sports was a big part of Zion’s life, and it was tough for him to not be able to play due to the pain. Once his pain was managed, Zion came to have a new found love and respect not only for sports, but also for doing everyday things like waking up in the morning and experiencing little pain. Though there were times when Zion felt like giving up, he continued to do what he loved. 
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By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

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Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


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Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

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Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

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