JULY IS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
(Atlanta, GA – July 8, 2022) – NASCAR driver, Natalie Decker, will be the racing in the Alsco Uniforms 250 Xfinity Race on Saturday, July 9 and raising awareness for juvenile arthritis—a condition Decker has been battling since birth.
“People are often shocked to know that over 300,000 children across the country have arthritis,” said Sara Peterson, Arthritis Foundation Wisconsin Executive Director. “Most people have the false notion that arthritis is just something you get in your old age.”
Decker’s #13 car will feature the Arthritis Foundation’s logo—an organization near and dear to the 25-year-old NASCAR driver from Eagle River, WI. Decker has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation and helping raise awareness and funds for juvenile arthritis for over three years.
“I’m so excited for the opportunity to race during Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month with the Arthritis Foundation logo on my car,” said Decker. “I hope that I can inspire and motivate kids with arthritis around the country to follow their dreams and not let arthritis stop them!”
Decker is also this year’s keynote speaker at the Arthritis Foundation’s National JA Conference July 14-17 in Orlando.
“We are thrilled Natalie will be a part of our JA Conference,” said Peterson. “She is such an inspiration to JA kiddos and we are honored for her support.”
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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.
About National JA Conference
Since 1984, the Arthritis Foundation’s annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference has been a place where kids, teens, young adults, and their families (siblings included) come together to get better informed about juvenile arthritis (JA) and other rheumatic diseases, as well as share stories and exchange tips that can make living with the condition easier. https://www.arthritis.org/events/ja-conference