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I ride for Team Carter. Carter is Jerry's grandson. He is the reason I ride to help raise money for the Arthritis Foundation California.
Carter started experiencing severe pain in his right arm and leg right after his third birthday. At such a young age, he couldn't articulate what this pain felt like or where it was coming from exactly. In the 6 months following the start of his pain, Carter was sent to every kind of specialist imaginable. He was poked and prodded more than any 3-year-old should ever have to be.
Needless to say, Carter and his family were more than frustrated and Carter's pain was only getting more severe. He would army crawl out of bed and down the stairs each day because it hurt too bad to walk and it hurt too bad for anyone to touch him to try and carry him. On January 6th, 2014, he was diagnosed with Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is a form of juvenile arthritis that affects mainly his neck, spine, and larger joints, like the knees and ankles.
While they were relieved to finally have a diagnosis that could be treated, it took another year to get Carter's disease under control. After 2 failed medications, he's now receiving monthly infusions at the children's hospital that have been working very well for him. His pain is not gone completely, but he is able to do most things normal 6-year-olds do. The Number 1 question his mom gets asked regarding his disease is will he outgrow it. The answer is no, he will not. There certainly can be times in his life that it may be quiet, or in remission, but it will always be something he has to deal with until we find a cure! Please consider helping today to find that cure.
The Arthritis Foundation - Pacific Region does a great thing with this event and the support they give to children who suffer from this horrible disease is outstanding. This ride isn't about an adventure for me, but instead about supporting those who suffer greatly from this disease.
In case you didn't know, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in January 2014. It was the greatest struggle I've ever had to endure and I'm grateful to be in remission thanks to support from friends and family and wonderful medical care. I am one of the lucky ones to live each day pain-free. Many people are not as fortunate and that's why I will make my return.
For 8 days in September, I'll be cycling from San Francisco to LA. Any amount of support you can give is much appreciated and it means the world to me! Thank you very much.