Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jingle Bell Run/Walk - December 2nd in Portland

Bells will be ringing on December 2nd for Charlotte Ann Cox! "Tottie's Team" will be joining the Arthritis Foundation in their annual "Jingle Bell Run", Sunday morning of December 2nd. We would love to have you join us!

Charlotte was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she turned two (9.24.07). She has it in both knees & was recently (11.14.07) diagnosed with EYE-Ritis, meaning that it has flared up in her eyes & the treatment is an hourly steroid eye drop for 3 days & then continuing for a week.

Watching Charlotte with this auto-immune disease as she is just discovering her abilities as a toddler, has been heartbreaking. But with her recent treatment at Emmanuel Children's Hospital by the pediatric rheumatologist, she has been a new girl, being able to wake up limber, not stiff, & jumping/running all throughout the day. Before we were spending our mornings in my arms or sitting at the breakfast table not wanting to get down, not being forced to walk. We would spend time in LONG hot baths to help ease the pain. Now, since her treatment (a steroid shot to the knee joint), she's a new girl! its fantastic!

So it makes us more determined than ever to want to help find cures & help those with this disease. Its devastating to children, let alone to adults. It's debilitating physically & mentally. We pray there is a cure in Charlotte's lifetime! Being a part of this event helps us feel one step closer to that goal! Join us!!

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