National Youth Honoree
Kate was only 18 months old when her parents noticed that her knee was swollen and her leg unable to straighten. A trip to the local emergency room and multiple tests provided few answers and no explanation. After a referral to the Duke Children’s Hospital and several more tests, Kate was finally diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis with enthesitis related arthritis.
Kate battles arthritis and its pain every day, but maintains a smile and positive outlook, anxious to share her story and give hope to others. Her goal is to raise awareness about the national shortage of pediatric rheumatologists and raise money to help find a cure.