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2023 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Shiann Hagan
 Ehlers Danlos Syndrome &
Juvenile Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Shiann’s journey with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) started when she was 16. She walked into a geneticist office and was told she had EDS hyper-mobility, a form of juvenile arthritis. She was also told she would never be able to have children. It took Shiann years to come to terms with the diagnosis. However, today, Shiann and her husband have two beautiful children who may share her diagnosis one day. Shiann is working towards her Master’s degree. She is the reigning Mrs. Holly Springs International 2023 and a contestant for Mrs. North Carolina International 2023. Shiann doesn’t let EDS and JA hinder her life anymore.

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Tess Perkinson
 Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Teen Honoree

Tess was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was in kindergarten. She was young when the pain started but remembers having intense pain in her jaw. She had arthritis in her wrist, both knees and ankles and jaw. There have been many ups and downs, but now an 8th grader at Cary Academy, Tess is in remission and continues her love of playing soccer! Tess hopes to raise awareness about the disease and find a cure to help other people reach remission.

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