Arthritis Foundation

Peck Motorsports has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation (AF) to bring awareness to Juvenile Arthritis (JA).  Todd Peck, who has battled symptoms of juvenile arthritis himself, will carry the “Kids get Arthritis too” decal on his No. 96 Chevrolet throughout the team’s five-race schedule in 2011.  The team will also host kids and their families who suffer from juvenile arthritis during their 2011 race season.  The team has named Juvenile Arthritis as its official foundation and charitable outreach.  Here is how you can join the team.

What is Juvenile Arthritis?
Juvenile Arthritis is a term to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger.  Arthritis typically affects joints but JA can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well. In addition, there are several different types of JA. As JA’s prevalence rises researches and doctors are working to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the differences between the forms.

Who gets Juvenile Arthritis?
No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of JA, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition, which means the combination of genes a child receives from family members may cause the onset of arthritis when triggered by other factors.

How Can I Help?
The Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer JA, a debilitating and unacceptable disease, through education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services. You can help the AF by:

  • Participating: Get involved with the AF’s Juvenile Arthritis Conference, events and programs.
  • Advocating: Sign up to help change policy and protect children’s rights.
  • Donating: Support research funding and the AF’s mission.
  • Joining the JA Alliance: A virtual community connected through the AF website. Members include parents, volunteers, health professionals and anyone who is affected by JA.

Facts about JA:

  • JA is the leading cause of childhood disability and one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses affecting 1 in 250 children.
  • More research funding is need to help the 300,000 kids with a form of JA
  • Specialized care is a concern. Nine states do not have a single specialist to care for kids with arthritis.

For more information about how you can get involved with the Arthritis Foundation, please go to www.arthritistoday.org/kgat/

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