The 2019 OKC Walk to Cure Arthritis Youth Honoree is 10-year-old Aralyn Pace. Aralyn has experienced arthritis symptoms since the age of seven and while she’s been to many different doctors who believe she definitely has something in the autoimmune, arthritis, connective tissue disorder family, she still does not have a definite named diagnosis/subtype. She has almost daily pain in her knees, ankles, wrists, fingers, neck, back and hips and is also hyper mobile and already showing possible scoliosis.
Aralyn loves tumbling and dancing and rarely let’s this disease slow her down! Being active in dance sometimes is a struggle and occasionally filled with bouts of pain, but she smiles through it all with this invisible disease.
Aralyn has a big brother and sister along with three dogs, two cats, and two ferrets. She loves animals and is often called the animal whisperer by her parents. She’d like to be a dance teacher and/or veterinarian when she grows up.
Aralyn was able to attend the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Seattle this past year where she made many friends all over the country, and it showed her she is not alone. This experience has renewed her fight against this disease, and her family is fighting right alongside her bringing advocacy and awareness of the Arthritis Foundation to their community’s attention. She is so thrilled and honored to be the Oklahoma City Walk to Cure Arthritis Youth Honoree and hopes you can support her team by clicking on the following link: https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=13123