Carley was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) in July 2012, right before she started kindergarten. There are days when gym class is too difficult and her teacher allows her to sit down, but Carley is proud that she can jump rope.
Today, Carley is meeting her challenges head-on and is working to regain motion in her right knee. She remains as active as possible and enjoys her swimming lessons. Carley also likes to color, do craft projects, play with Legos and play basketball.
Carley has a younger sister, Helen, and hopes one day to get a fish for a pet. Her favorite subject in school is writing, and she hopes to become a teacher when she is all grown up.
When asked about her hopes for the future, Carley said, “I hope that my arthritis goes into remission.” This courageous seven-year-old girl has enjoyed meeting other kids with arthritis and said, “I want to let everyone know that kids get arthritis, too.”