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2011 Jacksonville Arthritis Walk

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- She whimpers and starts to cry as her father sits her down and holds her still.

She knows what's coming.

Once a week, 4-year-old Abby Crawford's parents give her a shot in the arm; medicine to help control her rheumatoid arthritis.

The disease really had a hold on Abby; specifically her ankle which started hurting her when she was just 2.

The pain started as just an ache every morning but grew so severely, Abby would be in pain all day, dragging her foot behind her.

After months of trial and error, new medicine has Abby enjoying life once again though there's no promise her condition will subside.

There's more to Abby's story and those of the 300-thousand other children nationwide suffering from arthritis.

GMJ Anchor Joy Purdy visited Abby and her family.  You can see Joy's report here on this webpage.

There's also a way you can help fund research in the hunt for a cure.

Join Abby this Saturday, March 5th, for the 2011 Jacksonville Arthritis Walk at Metro Park in downtown Jacksonville.

Registration starts at 8 a.m.  The walk begins at 9 a.m.

Abby is busy raising money through her own walk team named "Abby's Advocates".  Be sure to look for them Saturday!


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