"Juvenile Myositis (JM), including Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and Juvenile Polymyositis (JPM), is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues." As many of you know at the age of 14 I was diagnosed with a rare disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. I have been fighting it for 7 years now, some years in remission and some in a flare. Recently I found a group called curejm which is a group of families and researchers who join together to look for a cure. In February 2017 I will be attending a conference in Austin, Texas to meet other families and children that have the same disease. While at the conference they will have information sessions telling up to date info and on the last day will be a walk/marathon supporting those of us with this disease. Please help me meet my goal of $250 to raise for a cure. Thank you so much!