You may think of arthritis as something that afflicts the elderly, but did you know that nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. are living with Juvenile Arthritis (JA) every day? Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causing swelling in the tissue that lines the inside of joints and can be very painful. But one 11-year-old with JA is partnering with Massage Envy Spa to help educate millions about this growing epidemic.
Rhiannon Carter started out as an early walker. At 9 months old, she went from crawling to walking and then running within a 2-week time frame, but by the age of 2 she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis causing her knees to swell up to the size of grapefruits and changing her life forever.
Today, Rhiannon is a child advocate for the illness and with the Arthritis Foundation, educating Americans and raising funds for research. To ease her pain, she takes 15 pills a week and relies on weekly joint injections and 4-hour monthly infusions to allow her to be mobile. There is currently no cure for JA, but simple solutions, such as regular massage therapy, have shown to help alleviate symptoms and improve children's lives.
Rhiannon and her mother would like you to help shed light on this disease and encourage the country to help find a cure. On September 17, the Arthritis Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis at the more than 1,000 Massage Envy Spa locations nationwide.
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How can you help? Simple. Just make a massage or facial appointment at any Massage Envy Spa location for September 17th and $10 from your treatment will go directly to the organization to support research. Since 2011, the fundraiser has raised over $2 million for the Arthritis Foundation, making life for children like Rhiannon a little easier.
Click here to make your September 17th appointment online or over the phone now!
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