Cassie and Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases
Cassie & Friends Society is on a mission to make life better for kids and families affected by Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a debilitating, autoimmune disease that affects 3 in 1000 children in Canada. JA attacks the joints, causing pain, fatigue and mobility challenges, but it can also attack vital organs, including the eyes, making it a very serious condition in children.
Since 2007, we’ve raised over $1,000,000 to fund research, pediatric rheumatology programs, equipment, support services and educational events to ensure kids and families with rheumatic diseases are not alone. That’s because, despite being one of the most common chronic childhood health issues in Canada, JA still remains relatively unknown and highly under-resourced.
As parents, we’ve felt firsthand the isolation, pain, lack of community awareness and critical gaps in support surrounding our kids diseases. Our priority is to be there for kids and families from the initial fear and disbelief of diagnosis through the endless hospital visits, needles, medications, scans and terrifying unknowns. That’s why we began Cassie & Friends Society – a charity that’s focussed just on kids and their lives with Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.