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One way to help the nearly 300,000 U.S. children with Juvenile Arthritis (JA)

Arthritis is not just for the elderly. Nearly 300,000 children in the United States are living with Juvenile Arthritis (JA), including one 11-year-old, who is leading the effort to educate millions.

Rhiannon Carter was an early walker. At 9 months old, she went from crawling to walking and then running within a 2-week timeframe, but by the age of 2 she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – her knees swelled up to the size of grapefruits, changing her life forever.

Rhiannon takes 15 pills a week and relies on weekly joint injections and 4-hour monthly infusions. Simple solutions, such as regular massage therapy, have shown to help alleviate symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis or JA and improve children's lives.

Today, Rhiannon is a child advocate for the illness and with the Arthritis Foundation. Rhiannon and her mother Katy would like to help shed light on arthritis. On Sept. 17, the Arthritis Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis at the more than 1,000 Massage Envy Spa locations nationwide. Ten dollars from every one-hour massage and facial performed on this day will go to the organization.

Since 2011, the fundraiser has raised over $2 million for the Arthritis Foundation. Rhiannon, her mother, and the Arthritis Foundation encourage people to partake in this year’s Healing Hands for Arthritis.

Rhiannon recently did a public service announcement with 'Modern Family' actor Ty Burrell which readers can watch here: