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 [...]

Family & Friends Meet-Up and Hike in Deep Cove

By | May 29th, 2017|News|

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, we hosted our first-ever Cassie & Friends' family meet-up and group hike. Our leaders, Adrienne Dalla-Longa and Allison Brennan, both young adults who live with JIA, led an eager group of kids, parents, grandparents and siblings up to a spectacular viewing spot - Quarry Rock in Deep Cove! This event offered [...]

Fundraising with Friends

By | May 29th, 2017|News|

Fundraising as a group is definitely more enjoyable and allows you to fundraise in many different ways while also encouraging and supporting one another. Check out our top three fun and exciting ways kids are fundraising for Team C&F in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge with their friends. 1. Recycle People have tons of items in their [...]

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 [...]