I love kids. LOVE them!Â On the contrary, research makes me roll my eyes & yawn.
But the story of two kids helps me to understand the importance and value of research. One, Makayla,Â at 5 yrs. of age, died after battling Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) most of her short life.Â Another, Caitlyn, 11, went for hip replacement replacement surgery last Thursday as a part of her ongoing battle with Arthritis.Â She will be bed-ridden the rest of the summer.Â Countless kids (and adults of any age) suffer from Arthritis every single day.
Ongoing research brings us closer & closer to finding a cure to the group of horrific, degenerative diseases.Â I am riding in the California Coast Classic this October 3-10, 525 miles from San Francisco to LA, a fundraising event of the Arthritis Foundation.Â I am riding for the little girls described above, my friend Laurie Miller who is riding with me and in memory of my mother-in-law who died suffering a pain-racked body for the last 5 years of her life.
If you can, please donate now to fund research for a cure for Arthritis. Help me help them. Every dollar will bring us closer to a cure! You can find my donation page on the California Coast Classic Donation Page.
*Kirsten is a long time online friend and supporter of MFFO.org. Thanks Kirsten for finding your passion and helping these great kids!