July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Its goal is to make people aware about the types of juvenile arthritis, the risks involved, and the ways to support people with this chronic disease.
Unlike we think, kids can get arthritis, too. It happens when the body’s immune system starts to attack the joints, causing stiffness and swelling. If left untreated, it may even lead to death. It is important to educate everyone-especially parents-about the severity of this condition and its triggers.
Listed below are some ideas on how to show your support for juvenile arthritis awareness this July:
Wear a blue awareness bracelet: Awareness months are usually represented by a specific color and blue is the one for juvenile arthritis advocacy efforts. You can design your own unique blue bracelets online to support the 300,000 kids nationwide who suffer from juvenile arthritis and salute their unimaginable strength. Make sure to add an inspirational message to the band, such as “I am a JA warrior,” “Cure Juvenile Arthritis,” “My Son’s Battle is My Battle” and more.
Such bracelets may act as a reminder for people to get it diagnosed at the right time. There are beaded, metal, wooden and silicone bracelets available on the market that surely leave an impression. Opt for silicone if you are looking for a skin friendly, effective, durable, and long-lasting product to make your worthy cause more popular.
Comfortable backpacks: Painful joints can make carrying schoolbooks a challenge. Special backpacks can be of great help for children whose lives have been turned upside down after hearing the diagnosis. They minimize strain on the joints. Find the right backpack, fill it with informational resources that promote understanding and cooperation, and surprise your kid’s teacher, classmate, or best friend.
Camps: Sign up for a JA summer camp. Such camps are perfect for kids with juvenile arthritis because they give them the chance to develop peer-to-peer support, increase self-confidence, and make long-lasting memories. You can also reach out to local medical practitioners to form a camp team. They can help kids gain a greater understanding of their diagnosis.
Knowledge is wealth: Gather information about America’s leading cause of disability and learn more about research efforts aimed at finding a cure. Create a juvenile arthritis discussion group online and share your knowledge on social media. You can also contribute by writing an online article about it and share the personal story of someone you know. Keep your eye out for the #StrongerThanJA updates.
Pamphlets and customized gifts: Handing out brochures and pamphlets helps!Distribute them at shopping centers, school gates, hospital entrances, supermarkets and more. However, not everyone likes brochures and most of them end up in the trash. It might be a good idea to combine these with attractive gifts like customized t-shirts or hats.
Show your support in as many ways as possible and make people recognize the significance of knowing more about juvenile arthritis. Unique ideas and moral support could really help those kids live their lives to the fullest and have no fear of the future.