Fundraising night at the dogs for Irish Children’s Arthritis Network
By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins
There will be a fundraising night at the Limerick Greyhound Track on Saturday September 30th to raise money for Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCAN).
iCAN is a parent-run network providing support, information and advocating for the best care for those affected by Juvenile Arthritis. iCAN is 100% volunteer based and run by parents of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). No one takes a Salary from iCAN – 100% funds by iCAN raised go towards making things better for kids with Arthritis in Ireland.
Juvenile means arthritis began before you were 16 years old. Idiopathic means that the cause is not known. Arthritis means one or more of your joints is hot to touch and inflamed. There are different types of JIA including. Oligoarticular, the most common type and involves arthritis in four or fewer joints. This type of arthritis has the highest chance of developing Uveitis (inflame motion of the eyes). Polyarticular, this involves arthritis in five or more joints.
Systemic Onset JIA which is characterized by the presence of high fevers, a rash and children with So-JIA are quite often ill with weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes and anemia. Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a rare and potentially lethal complication of systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis, resulting from uncontrolled activation and proliferation of T lymphocytes and macrophages. Psoriatic Arthritis is another subtype of JIA in which a child has chronic arthritis and a skin rash called psoriasis which looks like a dry scaly rash.
Enthesitis, In addition to chronic arthritis these children have inflammation of structures such as ligaments around the joint. Undifferentiated Arthritis occurs sometimes when young people don’t fit neatly into one group and the condition is defined as undifferentiated.
Tickets are €10 with entrance free for children under 16. There will also be a raffle on the night with some fabulous prizes on offer.
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