As parents, family, and friends of children impacted by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis we felt it necessary to contribute. In short, this is why we do what we do:
We believe that children should be free to run and play games, to draw and paint, and to dream and write stories.
We believe that a child’s ambition, hopes, and dreams should not be limited by Arthritis.
By bringing together forward-thinking community-minded business leaders we’ll create a fun art inspired 10K run/walk with the potential to raise over $250,000 in support of patient care, research, and scholarships for SickKids Rheumatology.
And we’ll do this by hosting a unique and engaging running event set in picturesque Boyd Conservation Area (Kleinburg, ON) with a VIP finish at the incomparable McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
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In January 2011, 20 month old Jessica woke one morning showing signs of swelling in her knees and wrists and stiffness throughout her body. Within 3 days, the symptoms had progressed to the point where she was no longer able to walk or crawl.
After a trip to her paediatrician and being examined by a number of doctors, Jessica was referred to SickKids Hospital. In February 2011, Jessica was formally diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). She was immediately put on a combination of anti-inflammatory and pain reducer medication in hopes of getting her arthritis under control so she could lead the fast pace life of a toddler.
With no noticeable change and having had several discussions with the specialists at SickKids, it was decided that Jessica would benefit best from intra-articular steroid joint injections combined with weekly injections of an immune suppressant. Two days prior to her 2nd birthday, under general anaesthetic Jessica underwent the procedure in which a number of major joints were treated. Jessica is still being monitored regularly at SickKids and continues to receive weekly injections to manage her arthritis and provide her with a relatively normal childhood.
How we can help the doctors and staff in Rheumatology
As the leading pediatric rheumatology hospital in the world, we get Fellows who come to Toronto to study and learn from our staff and to perform research. With the additional funds we can purchase data saving valuable time and support the costs of collection of data via our own studies. We are also able to fund external learning opportunities and collaborative conferences for occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and doctors providing an opportunity to share and learn best practices. All these opportunities put SickKids at the leading edge of patient care and help create better lives for the children we treat.
Thank you for helping us achieve our goal of healthier and happier children.