Hadley’s Story 

Hadley Lawer loves the teddy bear from her Power Pack. Because she’s been so supported by the Arthritis Foundation, her family wanted to give back by starting a Walk to Cure Arthritis team. 

Hadley Lawer is an energetic 4-year-old. When she was only 2, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA).  Although her disease can cause extreme joint swelling, stiffness and pain, this active preschooler does not let it dampen her spirits.   

Hadley and her family began their involvement with the Arthritis Foundation after receiving her JA Power Pack, a free toolkit with useful information and tools to assist newly diagnosed children and their parents.  After receiving their complimentary toolkit, they wanted to help raise awareness and funding for other children suffering from this disease.   

Last year, Hadley inspired her community by generously seeking donations for her team, Hadley’s Heroes, in lieu of birthday presents. After the success of last year’s birthday fundraising efforts, she has decided to make it an annual tradition to help pay it forward. 

Despite her arthritis, Hadley leads a busy life full of adventures with her family and friends. From her involvement with swimming to the Healthy Kids Running Series, she enjoys being as active as she can be.