Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Ashlyn was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) at the age of 6. Now, at 14, she is active in show choir, track, and competitive dance. As a child, she did not want to ride a bike, always wanted to be carried and would not eat meat. We could not understand why, and she was too young to articulate. Pedaling, walking, and chewing were painful. After two long years, Ashlyn's swollen wrists led us to a formal diagnosis by the University of Iowa Hospitals. Her arthritis has been controlled via injections and weekly medications.
Ashlyn volunteered to be an honoree because she wants to raise awareness for a disease that is largely invisible. She hopes her story will inspire others!
Join or support Ashlyn and her team, Ashlyn's Allstars, on her team fundraising page.