Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Maddie’s arthritis symptoms appeared after a respiratory virus in 2019. She had swelling and pain in her knees. The doctor prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection, but her symptoms did not subside. Six months later, Maddie was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. After unsuccessful treatments of oral steroids, Maddie responded well to steroid injections in her knees and Methotrexate injections. She was in remission until a virus caused a flare up in February.
Maddie loves cheerleading, dance, tumbling and playing with her friends. She loves her dog and two cats and would love to adopt more kitties. She also wants to become a famous cheerleader.
Maddie wants to use her honoree role to teach people that kids can get arthritis too.
Support Maddie and her team, Maddie's Cheerleaders, on her personal fundraising page.