Defeating JRA

Scholarship Entrant: Emily from Indiana, Pennsylvania
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Emily: 2

What I love most in the world is arthritis-free days. Days where all my joints work in proper order, I can go for runs, I can write for as long as I want and I can even get really crazy and do a little Zumba. So if I could, I would make my living off of fighting juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Campaigning, fundraising, and organizing awareness-raising events would be the change the world needs to start fighting this nasty disease in kids. For a little background, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune deficiency disorder; a reaction gone wrong in the body that causes damage to important tissues and bones within the body, causing an incredible amount of pain and serious limitations on physical activity. I was lucky and only started to feel the effects shortly after my seventeenth birthday. However, JRA can show up as early in kids as three years old. To beat this disease and to find a cure I personally take steps on campus. For me, it means creating Quidditch tournaments on campus to raise money and awareness for JRA, annual walks and runs to raise money and to constantly telling people about it just to raise awareness in general. Raising awareness and funds for JRA could change the world by giving every kid at least 60 good years before arthritis creeps into a body, giving a child the chance to live before they are stopped for arthritis.

Vote for Emily: 2

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