Thank you for taking the time to visit mine and Carter’s fundraising page. It is our hope that you will take the time to learn a little about juvenile arthritis, the 300,000+ kids that it affects in the US and that you will partner with us to help Make a Difference and support of efforts to help find a cure.
Carter is my grandson and he started experiencing severe symptoms at the age of 3. Symptoms included fever, swelling and severe joint pain. It took doctors over 9 months and dozens of tests to finally diagnose Carter with juvenile arthritis.
In 2014 I committed to riding my bike 525 miles to help make a difference in my grandsons life and to help the Arthritis Foundation find a cure. So again in 2022 I will commit to riding another 525 miles for Carter and the 300,000 kids in the US like him that battle JA every day. 2022 will be my 9th consecutive year participating in California Coast Classic and I am asking for your support.
For me it has a simple choice to do this ride year after year. I ride because I love my grandson and want to make a difference in his life and the life’s of the 300,000 children in the US that also suffer from this horrible disease. I ride in honor of my grandson and with the determination to help find a cure for the disease he suffers from. It was that simple in the beginning. I was determined to help find a cure so he could be a normal little boy and not have to live a life of pain. Little did I know at the start of that first year in 2014, I was about to get a crash course on a disease that before Carter was diagnosed I had never given a second thought. What I found out that first year was that there are a bunch of kids out there that are suffering with a disease that, like me in the beginning, no one thinks about and most don’t even know it exist.
Carter and I would like to ask that you join with us in our quest to find that cure and at the same time help educate others about juvenile arthritis.
Thank you for taking the time to read my plea for your help and please donate today and help make a difference. Carter and I thank you.