In 2007 my God Daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. Unfortunately this is a condition that is very painful for her and affects her on a daily basis. Natalie’s mom and my long time high school best friend will be riding in the Amgen California Coast Classic which is a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It is a 525 mile bike ride put on by the Arthritis Foundation to raise money for arthritis research, and education programs for children and adults affected by arthritis. Please support Devon as she rides in honor of Natalie.
( Letter Below Written by Devon Linneman)
Hello Friends and Family,
Some of you know that Natalie was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis about 2 years ago. She has struggled with pain in her back, neck, and feet since she was five years old. She has also suffered from migraine headaches. We assumed that it was growing pains until her hands started swelling up in the winter months. It was at this time that her pediatrician sent us to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where she was finally diagnosed. She had swelling and fluid in many of her joints. Come to find out she was in much more pain than she was even letting us know.
Due to the wonderful doctors at Stanford’s Children’s Rheumatology Clinic Natalie is handling this situation with amazing strength, and courage. She is currently playing soccer, volleyball, and is on a swim team. She never misses school, and currently has all A’s on her report card. Natalie’s arthritis is a challenge, but she chooses to take one day at a time.
When Natalie’s doctors heard that I had done triathlons they asked if I would be interested in doing The Amgen California Coast Classic which is a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It is a 525 mile bike ride put on by the Arthritis Foundation to raise money for arthritis research, and education programs for children and adults affected by arthritis. I thought to myself how could I not participate. October 3rd through October 10th I will be riding my bike the 525 mile trip to raise awareness for this cause close to my heart.
If you would like to contribute to this cause my web page is:
Thank You & God Bless!