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News from the Arthritis Foundation


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BURLINGTON, VT August 20, 2013 Noah Vezina, of Burlington, has been named the 2013 Just Move It Youth Ambassador. Along with his family and friends, Noah will lead the 3rd Annual Just Move It event on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at Dorset Park, South Burlington, VT. Noah, diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Rheumatoid Factor Positive), calls on the Chittenden County and surrounding community to join him in supporting the Arthritis Foundation in their efforts to prevent, control and cure the more than 100 different types of arthritis and related diseases. One week after Noahs 4th Birthday, his mom got a call from his Preschool. He had woken from his nap in pain. It was assumed this was from growing pains but his teacher was concerned something more was going on. Noah was crying and completely inconsolable. For the next month, Noah had pain off and on affecting many joints including his feet, knees, neck, shoulders, elbows, toes, hip and fingers. He saw the Orthopedic Doctor numerous times and had another hospital stay. Finally, they were referred to a Pediatric Rheumatologist. After a couple months of various visits, medication, and testing Noah was given the diagnosis of Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Rheumatoid Factor Positive). It was a long time waiting, and although scary, it was nice it was official. It has been a long and rough 3+ years since Noah was diagnosed but overall, Noah is doing well. He struggles with joint pain sometimes on a daily basis, not being able to walk or write, and has to cope with the not so fun reality of labs and injections. Often times he appears to be a typical child, running and playing with his friends. He is a second grader in Champlain Elementary School and is an awesome big brother to his one-year-old brother. He is very caring, sensitive, loving, intelligent and BRAVE! He says JIA isnt all bad. Through PT, OT, and medication the goal is for Noah to be pain free. This is Noahs 3rd Just Move It event for arthritis, and this year Noah is sharing his story to help raise awareness for the 300,000 children in the U.S affected with Juvenile Arthritis like him and to ensure research continues to provide better treatments and ultimately a cure.

Noah will be walking in the Just Move It event on Sunday morning, October 27th. You can read his complete story, donate to his team, or register to walk at For more information contact Patti at 800-639-2113 or
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nations leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.


Patti Maccabe Arthritis Foundation 800-639-2113