HaileyFifteen year old Hailey was an active tennis player, runner, biker and swimmer, when she received the devastating news that she had a disease that would quickly confine her to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. That disease was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was terrified that she would never be able to do the things she loved most. But Hailey refused to give up. With a sense of determination that the disease would not control her, she put aside her doubts and fears and began the fight of her life. Unlike many of the children diagnosed with JRA, Hailey was lucky, she had access to the life changing resources and care that helped to put her life back on track. Although she admits that some days are better than others, Hailey’s disease is now under control. She is currently playing tennis for BYU Hawaii, working towards an LDS mission and writing a book entitled “The Positive Impact Chain: Fighting Arthritis” where she tells her story, along with the stories of just a few of the 300,000 children suffering with arthritis.

At the Heart of Our Community are people like Hailey and organizations like the Utah Arthritis Foundation where the goal is to guide families and individuals like Hailey in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and working each day to find a cure. It’s what makes Our Community great!

To view Hailey’s video visit YouTube at http://youtu.be/nu2N4Thb7m8

For more information on her book “The Positive Impact Chain: Fighting Arthritis” and to donate to her efforts, visit https://www.facebook.com/posimpactchain

Find out more about the Arthritis Foundation, volunteer or make a donation: www.arthritis.org

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