When Becky Jacques planned for a fundraiser for rheumatoid arthritis, she hoped to raise $550.
Becky’s daughter, three-and-half-year-old Daisy, has the disease, and an annual walk to raise funds and awareness has gone virtual in 2021.
Jacques’s goal was smashed, and they’ve raised over $1,100 throughout their fundraiser, helped by collecting cans for refund.
“It’s really nice to see that support, especially when times are so up in the air,” Jacques said.
Daisy was diagnosed in early 2020 with juvenile arthritis, an autoimmune condition which causes swelling inside joints.
“I didn’t even know it existed for children until she was diagnosed,” Jacques said. “Seeing her basically not being able to walk for a few days until they figured out what was wrong with her (was tough) — just the unknown.”
After treatment, Jacques said Daisy is back to being a kid.
“She’s a normal little three-and-a-half year old who can run and play just as well as other kids. It’s amazing to see for sure.”
The virtual run raises funds for Cassie and Friends, a group dedicated to research and support for families with the disease.
“That’s the great thing about this fundraiser, we really got a sense of other people’s situations with their arthritis, and some people even gave us tips.”
Those looking to support Jacques can donate online at raceroster.com/events/2021/3117 6/2021-scotiabank-vancouver-half-marathon-and-5k/pledge/participant/11410228.
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