BENEFITING: Cure JM Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2016
Kalen Konopka wrote -
Please consider joining our family for the inaugural Walk Strong to Cure JM as part of Gabe's Gang of Goofballs! I know it is a long drive for most of our family and friends, so if you are not able to join us, please consider making a donation to help us reach our goal of $2,500! The Cure JM foundation is the only organization soley dedicated to JM research. They are commited to raising awareness, supporting families, funding research and finding a cure!
The event itself will include a one mile walk, entertainment, bouncy house, food carts and more!
JM is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases in which the body's immune system attacks it's own cells and tissues. Gabe was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis last summer at 2.5 years old. He initially presented with skin-only involvement, but a month ago his MRI and blood work revealed that his muscles are now being attacked. He is now undergoing treatment consisting of daily steroids, weekly chemotherapy injections as well as a list of other medications/supplements to try to control his immune system and counteract the side-effects from the drugs he is on. We hope and pray that Gabe goes into remission as soon as possible, but this will always be a part of his life, as it can flare again at any time. This is where Gabe's story is now, and we feel blessed that he has followed a relatively mild path so far, and we pray it continues that way.
Thank you for your support of Gabe and Cure JM as we fight this disease!