JointHealth™ express   June 23, 2017

On June 25, run for kids with arthritis and their families!

Join Cassie and Friends for their Scotiabank 5K & Half Marathon Team to raise money for all the kids affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases in BC.

Over the last 10 years, Team Cassie and Friends has laid it all on the course for kids with arthritis. Their team of 100 runners and walkers, from toddlers to grandparents, have transformed the lives of kids and families diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases in BC and across Canada.

But, there is still so much more we can do to support and connect families, fund critical research and raise awareness - we hope you'll join Cassie and Friends! Make a gift or sign up to be a part of their team. Cassie and Friends has created a virtual run for those who are unable to attend the Vancouver event.

Click here to register. Please use charity pin codes (all child registrations will be reimbursed): 5K -17CFS5K or Half Marathon- 17CFS21K

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Wilson at or visit or David Porte at

Thank you for being a friend!

About juvenile arthritis

Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is the most common cause of chronic disability in children in Canada. 24,000 kids - or every 3 in 1000 - are affected. That's just as common as juvenile diabetes and far more prevalent than leukemia, cystic fibrosis and other "better-known" childhood conditions.

Despite being so common, most people still aren't aware that kids can get arthritis. Because of that lack of awareness, many children will endure months of debilitating pain (written off as growing pains, sports injuries or even behavioural issues) before being referred to a specialist. This can have serious consequences for a child's growing body and can lead to life-long disability.

JA is not just a kid-sized version of adult arthritis; it’s a severe, inflammatory disease that, when left untreated, can lead to blindness, inflamed organs, permanent disability, anxiety and even depression – not to mention a stolen childhood. There are no cures and few treatments are safe and effective for a growing child.