As you get older, you may want to get more involved in standing up for yourself and for what’s important to you – whether it’s helping the environment or volunteering at an animal or homeless shelter.
Participating in an arthritis fund-raising event or raising awareness about your disease can be rewarding like that, too. In some ways getting involved might be an easier way to let people know that you don’t have an “old person’s disease” or that you’re not ditching PE just because you’re the teacher’s pet!
• Some kids really go all the way when they talk about JA! Mikayla M., 12, went in front of congress to explain how JA needs more money for research to help find more treatments.
• Others enjoy getting involved in awareness-raising events like the Jingle Bell Run or The Arthritis Walk “Supporting people with arthritis is very important to me, and the [Jingle Bell] Run raises awareness and shows that people with arthritis can do what everyone else can do,” says Hannah G., who has been an ambassador for the event in Seattle. “I hope to teach others that arthritis can affect anyone,” she says. “It makes me proud and happy to know that I am helping raise arthritis awareness.”
Read more about the Jingle Bell Run.
If you’re interested in getting involved with The Arthritis Walk®, the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, check this out.
• Camp is something that many JA kids look forward to every single year. Some kids who were once campers, like Jordan S., become volunteers. It’s the perfect way to give back. For more information on camps for kids and teens with arthritis, go here.