(Madison, WI – March 10, 2021) – Eagle River, Wisconsin’s very own Natalie Decker has recently launched a limited-edition line of clothing and accessories with the theme “Rheumatoid Arthritis Won’t Slow Me Down” with proceeds benefitting the Arthritis Foundation. Decker, who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis that began as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) at birth, hopes this sale will raise awareness and funds for the number one cause of disability in the United States.
“We are honored for the support and awareness Natalie is providing to all those suffering with arthritis—including children” said Sara Peterson, executive director of the Wisconsin Arthritis Foundation. “Natalie is truly an inspiration to all those that suffer from a disease that can often make people have to say NO to the things they love to do.”
According to the Arthritis Foundation, one to two in every 1000 children are affected with the genetic condition. The real issue is that many times, there is no exterior visibility of the condition. Despite that lack of exterior visibility, it causes those affected to have the inability to move their joints at a time and leave it extremely hard to function through normal everyday activities.
“There are so many difficulties with the condition I have. When I was younger, one of the biggest things I struggled with was my arms would lock at a 45-degree angle, and I couldn’t get them all the way straight,” explains Decker. “Another big struggle was the methotrexate I had to take. This was a chemo drug, and when taken, it made me so sick.”
Knowing the difficulties and being able to overcome them to get to her dreams, Decker is excited to be able to help others overcome the struggles she had.
“I’m so thankful the Arthritis Foundation gives people with arthritis the resources, local programs, and support that people with arthritis need, so they can chase their dreams – like becoming a NASCAR driver – and live a full life.”
All the proceeds from the fundraiser will help raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation to help fund rheumatology fellows to help alleviate the rheumatologist shortage, adult and juvenile arthritis programs such as Camp M.A.S.H. (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting) in Wisconsin Dells each summer and critical research to help ultimately find a cure. Fans can purchase clothing by visiting https://nataliedeckerinc.com/shop/
“Thank you to all my amazing fans and those who take part in the fundraiser! Supporting this cause means so much to me, as it has been a big part of my whole life!”
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.