The Arthritis Foundation estimates 1 in 250 children has juvenile arthritis in the U.S. This week, a camp that is located about one hour west of the Twin Cities is giving children with juvenile arthritis a chance to spend time with others who share the disease.
A 12-year-old boy in Rosemount is dealing with a painful condition, but it clearly hasn’t affected his heart.
As part of his treatment plan, 12-year-old Jarrett Michie, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, gets an infusion once a month at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Watching Jarrett Michie on the court, you wouldn’t know he’s in near constant pain. But the 11-year-old has a lot to zone out. About two years ago he was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. The pain is so bad in his back and legs, he has to wear ice packs after games and practices.
Imagine as a child, not being able to run or play without being in pain. That’s what many youngsters who suffer from juvenile arthritis face every day.