Danielle Bullock, MD, MPH
Danielle Bullock is a Pediatric Rheumatologist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. After earning her medical degree at Indiana University, she moved to Minnesota to complete her residency in Pediatrics. She also completed her Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship and a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2017. Dr. Bullock’s clinical and research interests include quality improvement, access to health care, and telemedicine.
Polyarticular Juvenile Idopathic Arthritis
Young Adult Honoree
Abby Radtke is the 2018 young adult honoree for The Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis. She is one of the 300,000 suffering from Juvenile Arthritis in the United States right now. Her journey started more than 5 years ago in 2012, when she was 11 with a diagnosis of Polyarticular Juvenile Idopathic Arthritis in just about every single one of her joints. Since then, she has been going to walks for Juvenile Arthritis, attending Camp Cambria, and trying to put her disease into remission. To do so, she has tried several medications, but sadly most of them have been unsuccessful to stop the inflammation and pain. Abby has gone through Enbrel injections, Prednisone, Remicade infusions, Naproxen, Hydroxychloroquine, Meloxicam, and Methotrexate injections which made her sick for days— every week. Thanks to the Arthritis Foundation and donations she have been placed on clinical trial for Xeljanz which is finally providing her relief. Abby calls it a miracle drug, and the best thing about it is is that it's only a daily pill.
Staying active is also a big part of providing relief. As a full time dancer on the STMA high school dance team and independent competition studio dance, stretching and moving everyday has worked wonders for her. Also, Camp Cambria, a camp specific to kids with Juvenile Arthritis and Lupus that has helped Abby in a countless number of ways. Camp is a place where you don't feel alone; she has met some of her best friends there and would encourage anyone with arthritis to go. Arthritis is a hard battle and no one deserves to go through it. Abby wants to make a change and give Juvenile Arthritis more awareness because kids are suffering all over the world with no cure to help them. Abby asks that you support the Arthritis Foundation to help find new medications and improve treatment, allow Camp Cambria to happen every year, and help other kids like her!
To support Abby, please visit her fundraising page today!
Oligoarticular Juvenile Arthritis
National Youth Honoree
Kenley, age 8, was diagnosed with Oligoarticular JA when she was 16 months old. She has had arthritis in both knees, wrist, ankle, toe, and finger. Her diagnosis became extended oligoarticular when additional joints were eventually impacted. Kenley takes weekly injections and sees her rheumatologist and eye doctors regularly, and of course has her blood drawn frequently. Kenley resides in Rosemount with her parents and younger brother. She loves school and her favorite thing to do is dance! This will be the sixth year that Kenley's Krew participates in the Walk to Cure Juvenile Arthritis, and her team has raised over $40,000 over the years. Kenley is VERY excited to be the National Youth Honoree this year!
To support Kenley, please visit her fundraising page today!
Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis
In early April 2013, five year old Brenna, limped off the school bus with a swollen knee. Her parents thought it would get better quickly with lots of TLC and a little ibuprofen. Many visits to the doctor were made, as there was no improvement. In late May 2013, her knee was still so stiff and swollen Brenna was carried to the doctor as it was too painful for her to walk. An MRI found excessive fluid on her knee. In June 2013, Brenna went to Altru in Grand Forks, and had an aspiration of the knee. The fluid from her knee was sent to Mayo Clinic for a biopsy. The result was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis(JRA). In July 2013, Brenna and her parents met with a pediatric rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic where her diagnosis of Juvenile Arthritis (JA) was confirmed; specifically, polyarticular JA; arthritis in at least four different joints. Brenna has inflammation in her toes, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows and fingers. She also learned she has Uveitis, an inflammation of the anterior of the cornea, which can lead to blindness. Since the diagnosis, she has battled painful flares and stiffness while making numerous treks to her pediatric rheumatology team at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Minnesota Lions Children’s Eye Clinic in Minneapolis, in an effort to find medications that can stabilize her symptoms. JA impacts Brenna’s mobility. At times it makes movement painful. At its worst, it hurts her too much to walk. It causes her to miss school quite often. The arthritis in her hands and fingers make simple tasks like dressing herself and handwriting very difficult. Brenna is currently on bi-weekly subcutaneous injections of Humira to combat arthritis flares, stiffness, and inflammation. Brenna is also on multiple daily oral medications. She has seen promising results from the medications that so far appear to keep her inflammation at bay.
Through her diagnosis, Brenna has become a 9 year old who is passionate to help find a cure, by advocating and raising funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Brenna is a happy fourth grader who loves to read, play with her siblings, help bake treats, and is very proud of the fact that she can travel the state spreading JA awareness with her big sister, Miss Minnesota 2017 Brianna Drevlow! She believes a cure for Juvenile Arthritis is in the future. She has no intention of accepting that this diagnosis will remain her future, and along with her family, plan to advocate and raise funds to make arthritis go away forever! Brenna is young, but she is brave!
To support Brenna, please visit her fundraising page today!