Alexandra "Alex" Greiner
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Alex is a 15-year-old high school sophomore who lives in Cibolo, TX. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and cannot wait to have her driver’s permit soon.
One day, when Alex was 5 years old, a rash appeared on her body. Within months, she had daily fevers, continued rashes and joint pain. She had to go to several different specialists before she was correctly diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) at age 6. Her autoinflammatory disease affects not only her joints, but also organs such as the heart, lungs, spleen and liver.
Alex has taken several medications since her diagnosis, including steroids, pain medications, chemotherapy, and biologic medications. When one biologic stops being effective, she has to try another one. She has also developed fibromyalgia as a result of all her high daily pain levels. She has had to miss out on many activities with her friends due to the pain and fatigue of her disease.
Alex and her family have been active with the Arthritis Foundation, fundraising and doing outreach and advocacy. If you ask her what it is like to have juvenile arthritis, she says “I hate this disease and how many kids suffer with it. But some of my best friends are kids who also have Juvenile Arthritis and who know what I’m going through. I’m grateful for the Arthritis Foundation camps, conferences and advocacy opportunities I’ve had because they have changed my life and given me life-long friendships.”
Alex is one of 300,000 children in the United States who have Juvenile Arthritis. Her form of arthritis, Systemic JIA, is the most rare, involving approximately 10% of those cases. Approximately 25,000 children in Texas suffer from JA. Please join us in raising funds to find a cure. No child should have to live in pain!
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