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Family to raise awareness of childhood arthritis

Catherine Thompson 8th Jun, 2017 Updated: 8th Jun, 2017

A DETERMINED family is hoping to pick up the pace in purple for charity .

June 9 is #wearpurpleforjia day, an important date for the Howat family which includes eight year-old arthritis sufferer Phoebe.

JIA – Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – causes inflammation of the joints in children and is roughly as common as childhood diabetes.

The family hope to raise awareness of the condition with a sponsored 5km run around the Stratford recreation ground on Saturday (June 10) at 9am– and have invited runners to purple up and join them for the last lap.

The incurable condition includes time consuming treatment and can be damaging to confidence, social interaction and participation in simple activities.

And the family have – for the first time – managed to connect with another young sufferer who they have invited to meet and run with them.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/family5kforJIA to support the Howats and raise money for JIA and NRAS ( National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society).

Phoebe is also holding a cake sale at her school, Quinton Primary, in Lower Quinton on Friday (June 9) to raise funds for JIA.

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