Juvenile arthritis became a part of our family and our lives in September of 2006. One morning Cassie, then only 20 months old, wouldn’t walk when we took her out of her crib. After a ton of tests, we ultimately received the diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

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Zachary lived with the pain of arthritis for nine months and the symptoms of chronic disease for 19 months before finally being diagnosed with Systemic Onset Juvenile Arthritis at the age of 3 ½. At the time of diagnosis, we had no idea how extensive the impact of arthritis would be on our lives.

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Elise was born with a couple of congenital heart defects that kept her in ICU for four days. Over the last four years, one of the heart conditions healed itself and the remaining hole is still prevalent, but recent tests show that her ECG and EKG "do not match the little thriving girl."

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I was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis in the September of 2005. I have gone into remission twice in the past 7 years, and am currently in remission right now. Arthritis has caused me physical challenges but also mental ones. Having a chronic disease at such a young age caused me to become mature much faster than kids my own age.

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We’re transforming the lives of kids and families affected by Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Juvenile Arthritis (JA) affects 3 in 1000 kids, making it one of the most common causes of chronic disability in kids in Canada. 

Kids with arthritis are resilient, positive and want to do all the activities any child deserves to experience – but they need our help!  Since 2007, Cassie + Friends Society has raised over one million dollars to fund research, pediatric rheumatology programs, equipment, support services and educational events to ensure kids and families with rheumatic diseases are not alone.

Whether you or your child has just been diagnosed, or your finding your way through the challenges and triumphs of life with chronic disease, we invite you to join our vibrant community of friends!



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Join Team Cassie + Friends on Sun, Jun 25, 2017!

Participate with your friends and family in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5k & Half Marathon as part of  Team Cassie + Friends on Sunday, June 25, 2017!  Our team provides life-changing support and education to kids and families living with rheumatic diseases. Join us to help improve care at BC Children’s Hospital and fund critical research into safer and more effective treatments – so kids don’t have to live in pain.

+ Fun for all ages, great prizes and kids register free!

+ All funds raised by kids will be matched up to $10,000 by the Kids Helping Kids Foundation.

+ Out of town? Join our virtual run!

+ Bonus: 6 week run training program + a calendar of community events  COMING SOON

REGISTER TODAY! To complete your registration, please use our charity codes:  

5K – 17CFS5K       

Half Marathon – 17CFS21K