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Walking for an arthritis cure

About 10 miles west of Newark sits Livingston, New Jersey. That’s the home of a 15-year-old girl chosen as Teen Honoree for the 10th Anniversary Walk to Cure Arthritis at nearby Verona Park.

The Arthritis Foundation says on its website that arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, affecting 50 million Americans. The 15-year-old girl was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when she was three years old.

The yearly one-mile walk helps raise research funds.

The foundation notes that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation. The inflammation can in turn cause damage to joints and organs, including the heart.

 “It’s so important to me that we spread awareness that children can get this too,” the 15-year-old said.

The high school sophomore has spent much of her young life in doctor’s offices battling the disease, but wants to spend even more time there, she says. She plans to become a physician.

She wants to be like the doctors who have helped her, she says, and give back to the community.

Her mother is justifiably proud of her both her daughter’s generosity and her tenacity.  

The teen perseveres though the bad days.  “Mornings are always the worst,” her mom says. Even simple tasks such as squeezing out toothpaste can be a struggle.

Though May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, the fundraising walk at the park is on June 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that walking is, quite simply, the best medicine for arthritis.

For those unable to work because of arthritis, an SSDI attorney can help guide you through the process of appealing a denied Social Security Disability claim.

Source: The Alternative Press, "Livingston's Lexi Narotzky to Speak at 10th Annual Walk To Cure Arthritis in Verona Park," Danielle Santola, April 23, 2014

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