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Courtesy of Arthritis Foundation Caleb Halstead lives Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis known as enthesitis-related arthritis. He has been chosen as 2019 Youth Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Arthritis Foundation celebrates Caleb Halstead as the 2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis Youth Honoree. Caleb is the 9-year-old son of Deborah Halstead of Cabin Creek, West Virginia. He lives with a form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis known as enthesitis-related arthritis. It includes swelling and pain where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. Caleb is believed to have the earliest onset ever documented at 1 year old. With no prognosis, his family was told he would be treated aggressively in hopes of reaching remission.

"Caleb's strength is his heart of gold, his smile and his will to overcome any obstacle," Deborah said. "He is the strongest person I've ever met. Most people wait their whole lives to meet their hero, but I am blessed with having the privilege to raise my hero."

Over 300,000 children nationwide are impacted by juvenile arthritis. During the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Caleb and Deborah would like to raise awareness and educate others on how juvenile arthritis affects children daily. They hope to bring awareness to the school systems about the struggles children face because of absences from complications of treatment. Ultimately, they want to raise money for research to help find a cure for this disease. They want to inspire others fighting arthritis, encourage them to never give up and let them know they are not alone! To learn more about juvenile arthritis and other forms of arthritis, visit KidsGetArthritisToo.org and Arthritis.org.

The Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, at Picnic Shelter No. 2 at Ritter Park in Huntington. Opening Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Support Caleb's team, Caleb's Pit Crew or if you would like to register your own team, visit www.walktocurearthritis.org/huntington.

For more information, contact Cathy Schrader, development manager, at cschrader@arthritis.org.

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