Please Help: Our Canakinumab campaign has reached the Ministry of Health

By | December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Cassie and Friends Society, in partnership with Arthritis Consumer Experts, is leading a call for the BC Government to drastically improve the outlook of children with SJIA by allowing reimbursement coverage for canakinumab for the small number of children who need it. Our campaign for equitable access has now reached the media, Premier John Horgan and Minister [...]

Connect + Soar: Family Day 2017 Conference Program

By | September 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Our annual Family Day conference for Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases is just around the corner - and we can't wait! On Saturday, September 16th, we'll welcome over 80 families and 350 attendees to enjoy a day of connection, learning and fun! Interested to know what's in store? Check out our Conference Program below! [...]

It’s Just Arthritis, Right? One Mom’s JIA Story

By | June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When my daughter was just two years old, our family received some shocking news: the pain and swelling she’d been complaining about in her left wrist was not a simple sprain or broken bone but, in fact, the result of a chronic, autoimmune disease called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).    To say that my husband [...]

All You Need to Know About Race Day – Sunday, June 25, 2017

By | June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

SPECIAL REQUEST: We're asking all of our 5km runners to meet at the Cassie & Friends booth in Charity Village (see below for location) between 9:00-9:15am so that we can all head to the starting line together for a 9:30am start time. Let's show everyone that JA matters by standing together in our C&F team shirts. [...]

Fundraising for your run

By | June 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Asking someone for money is not an easy thing to do! Here are some tips to make your Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraising for Team Cassie & Friends a little less stressful. Start talking! Before making the big “ask,” start by telling everyone (your family, friends, teachers, etc) about what you plan to do and why [...]

Jaylene’s Story: SJIA

By | May 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

In September of 2014, summer ended and our three daughters headed to back school - Anika into grade 4, Jaylene to grade 3 and Claire starting preschool. With school routines starting up again, life seemed back to normal. Then, out of the blue, Jaylene began complaining about a rash she had noticed on her upper [...]

Tips for Sharing Your Story

By | May 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

At first it may feel scary to share your personal story, but letting people know why you're fundraising and how arthritis affects you can be a powerful thing! Here are some ideas for what to write on your personal fundraising page and examples from other superhero kids (and families) who've raised money for JIA with Team Cassie [...]

#RunForIt | Run Training + Activity Program (Week One)

By | May 14th, 2017|Uncategorized| GET UP AND GET ACTIVE! Exercise can ease a child’s arthritis pain and help them keep a positive mindset.  #RunForIt is our six week run training program designed especially for kids and families who sign up for Team Cassie & Friends in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Every Monday starting in May 2017, we'll post a [...]