Faces of Childhood Arthritis Luncheon

Wednesday, March  9th, 2016 11:30 a.m.
The Fairmont Winnipeg 
2 Lombard Place 

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Faces of Childhood Arthritis - The Arthritis Society ManitobaMarch is Childhood Arthritis Month. On Wednesday, March 9th The Arthritis Society will host our 2nd annual Faces of Childhood Arthritis Luncheon at The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Our emcee is CJOB 680 Host Dahlia Kurtz famous for 'TGPF - Thank Good People Fridays.'

More than 600 infants to teens in Manitoba live with juvenile arthritis (JA). JA affects more children than any other chronic disease - 3 per 1,000 - or approximately 1 child in every school. Kids like Colin Johnson whose shared his story at our inaugural event...

"I have lived with Juvenile Arthritis (JA) since I was diagnosed when I was 19 months old. I am now 16. Living with JA - an inflammatory disease - has had many impacts on me and on my family. I had to use a walker when I was in kindergarten and I have spent  many, many hours undergoing tests and appointments with rheumatologists, physiotherapists, and others."       

Enjoy a delicious hot served lunch and meet our kids! Funds support Childhood Arthritis programs in Manitoba that help kids and families cope with JA. Tickets are $75 (with partial tax receipt). Join us!

Thank you sponsors!

Friends of the Luncheon - $1,000

AbbVie
Amgen*
Chase Auto Body Supplies Ltd.
EY
Fillmore Riley
Great-West Life
Ipsos
Johnston Group
KPMG
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Manitoba Hydro
Payworks
Piston Ring Service
Stantec
RBC Foundation
WGI Westman Group
*This activity is supported by a donation provided by Amgen Canada 

 

To learn more about becoming a Sponsor, please contact:

Tanya Misseghers
Community Engagement & Marketing Coordinator
105 - 386 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6
Phone: 204-942-4892, ext 6225
Toll Free: 1-800-321-1433

Naomi Hudson–9.5 Years with Arthritis

• Before science fair presentation about juvenile arthritis, classmate told her it was “just another stupid disease”
• Has uveitis, needs steroid eye drops several times daily

Natalie & Allison Tucker – Combined 18 Years with Arthritis

• Both sisters started cortisone shots in their joints before age 2
• Need to be carried in the mornings due to joint pain and stiffness
• Allison’s leg will never straighten and she has an underdeveloped jaw

Colin Johnson –15.5 Years with Arthritis

• Has used a wheelchair and a walker, wore splints to bed
• Bullied by other children; misunderstood by teachers and classmates
• 2014: Severe arthritis flare in hands, wrists, knees, elbow, and ankle joints has meant a return to medications

Tori Hildebrandt – 6.5 Years with Arthritis

• Arthritis active in 29 joints when first diagnosed
• Has affected knees, ankles, toes, fingers, wrists
• Currently off of medications as no arthritis flares or joint issues for past 2 years, risking a flare to get updated vaccinations

Monique Van Osch – 22 Years with Arthritis

• Was forced to give up provincial figure skating program at age 12 due to arthritis
• Not working in career of choice and had setbacks in University
• Living and working with daily pain while waiting to try 3rd type of medication to control inflammation & auto-immune response

For more information, please contact:

Tanya Misseghers
Community Engagement & Marketing Coordinator
105 - 386 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6
Phone: 204-942-4892, ext 6225
Toll Free: 1-800-321-1433