Laura’s Story 

While pain can be a result of a rough day on the field, what 14-year-old Laura was experiencing seemed extreme. A visit with a rheumatologist confirmed her suspicions, and now she’s on a mission. 

Laura Thorne is a junior at Methacton High School and has juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). At age 14, Laura started having knee pain that was interfering with her sports. The pain quickly got so intense that she couldn’t walk for long without taking breaks and was often left crying. It didn’t take long to get referred to a rheumatologist. After many tests and just two months before starting high school, Laura was diagnosed with arthritis in her knees, ankles and feet. She immediately went to the KidsGetArthritisToo website to learn all she could about her diagnosis. 

 Knowledge was power. Just ten days after diagnosis, Laura rallied together a team to walk in the Walk to Cure Arthritis. The next month, her family attended the Arthritis Foundation’s Juvenile Arthritis Conference. The evening they got home, her hands flared and the arthritis spread. Two months into freshman year, she suffered a broken back (PARS defect). She knows a thing or two about pain!  

 Laura takes two weekly injections to manage her arthritis. While she is feeling good, she admits that getting through some days is not easy. She tries to stay positive, push forward and not let arthritis stop her from doing the activities she loves, like playing volleyball, hiking and swimming. She continues to get great grades and has learned to advocate for herself and be more mindful of her overall health. 

 It is hard to find people who truly understand what she goes through, but at the Arthritis Foundation’s summer camp, she made lots of new friends who understand how she feels. In fact, she’s loved camp so much that she is now a counselor in training. 

 Laura and her team have participated in Walk to Cure Arthritis for three years. She walks because she’s grateful to the Arthritis Foundation for supporting her in so many ways and wants to ensure they continue to support other teenagers like her. 
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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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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:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

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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As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


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


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.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


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