Welcome to Cassie and Friends!
We’re working on raising awareness of juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases by raising funds for research, pediatric rheumatology programs, services, equipment, and educational events.
Cassie and Friends was established after David Porte, a Vancouver father of two, registered for the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge 5km run on June 24, 2007. His then two-year-old daughter, Cassie, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis in September 2006 and David was looking for a way that he could make a difference in the lives of children living with this chronic disease.
He saw an advertisement for the Scotiabank run and signed up in support of The Arthritis Society. David then wrote to his friends and contacts, shocking many of them with the news that his little girl had arthritis, a disease that most people associate with seniors. The response to his appeal was immediate and overwhelming. Within weeks, he raised over $40,000.
It is because of David and his wife Debbie’s initiative and their subsequent commitment to fundraising for juvenile arthritis that the Cassie and Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and other Rheumatic Diseases was established.
The “friends” refers to the generous donors to this fund, as well as the thousands of other children who are affected by rheumatic diseases.
Cassie and Friends was launched on December 5, 2007.