Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Joni’s body has reacted to illnesses with inflammation since she was 18 months old. With the smallest cold or virus, she’d also get inflammation and limp when she walked. She became very ill when she was 2.5 years old. She was hospitalized and later diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. The inflammation did not fully remit and she had to be hospitalized again for unexplained pain in her hips. A few months later she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Joni is now 7 years old and enjoys playing soccer, gymnastics, swimming, running, and even tackled piano - she doesn’t let anything get in her way. Because of this, her family calls her JoniBeast.
Join or support Joni and Team JoniBeast on her personal fundraising page.