‘It feels like my knees are burning like fire’ – William 5
People are shocked when they learn that kids get arthritis. Juvenile arthritis affects one in 800 Australian children. Children as young as six months have been diagnosed with this painful condition. There is no cure and many children will live a lifetime with the effects of arthritis. It’s devastating.
Many of us are fortunate to have memories of carefree childhood years. Long summer holidays – swimming, riding bikes and building cubby houses were all part of the excitement.
But for too many young people and their families, carefree summer holidays can’t be taken for granted.
‘When the pain is bad it feels like I can’t do anything. I struggle to keep up with sport and school work which means I miss valuable lessons, can’t socialise with friends or play sport’ – Sam 16
Six million Australians currently have a muscle, bone or joint condition such as juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and gout and the incidence continues to rise.
Can you imagine someone you love suffering the intense pain that comes from arthritis and other muscle, bone and joint conditions and not knowing where to turn?
‘When my joints are swollen it feels as if they’ve been covered in super glue. It’s painful and difficult to straighten them. Sometimes the intensity of the pain can make me feel like I’m going to be sick or pass out’ - Anne 29
To experience this pain daily takes its toll on people’s lives.
That’s why MOVE must raise $100,000 to be able to continue to provide solutions through support, research and expert information to help people live the best life possible.
We can’t do this alone. Your donation will help us to provide vital services to the many Australians suffering with these painful conditions.
We need your help to be able to meet the growing demand for our services. Your donation, no matter what the size, will help reduce someone’s pain and suffering.
As you consider your end of year giving, please take a moment to think about the extra burden chronic pain puts on people living with muscle, bone and joint conditions, and the impact this will have on them and their families during the festive season.
Please help us to make a difference to people’s lives.