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The Challenge of Children Who Have Arthritis

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Tina Geider is a working N.J. mom raising twin daughters and facing the challenge of a child who developed Juvenile Arthritis at three months of age.

Tina, who suffers from her own arthritis as well as that of her daughter, now shares her experiences with other parents to help them cope with the difficulties of raising a child with a chronic disease.

Striking 300,000 children, along with one in every five adults (more women than men), arthritis is our nation’s leading cause of disability. Finding ways to cope with arthritis is especially important for women, who are often juggling work, family, caretaking, and social responsibilities. The New Jersey Chapter offers a variety of educational programs and services to help women and children cope with the disease.

The Arthritis Foundation ( is dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living al ife to its fullest.

In addition to its programs, The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades and fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will honor Tina and other outstanding women at its first annual Women on the Move Luncheon on Monday, July 23, Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Branches in West Long Branch. It will celebrate women who have shown a commitment to improving the quality of life for those in their community living with arthritis. The lunch is also a way to create awareness about women and children with arthritis and how to cope with the disease.

The lunch includes food tastings from area restaurants and wineries and a ticket auction of lucury goods and services. For more information or reservations, call the Arthritis Foundation, NJ Chapter, at 732-283-4300, extension 306.

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