Arthritis Walk 2013: Support My Daughter and Children Like Her

The last two years (2011, 2012) we participated in our local Arthritis Walk to support our daughter who suffers from an Auto Immune disease that causes joint swelling and inflammation (among other things). Her disease can be very debilitating and yes, even DEADLY. In those two years, we raised about $28,000 dollars.

Arthritis Walk 2011

Our first year fundraising, when we hit the $15,000 mark. We ended up raising over $17,000 that year and over $10,000 in 2012

You can read E’s story HERE.

And you can watch this short movie I made in 2011 to help educate about JA.

Or this one I made later that year for the California Coast CLassic bike ride, where Esella was an Honoree.

This year, we are “taking the year off” from big time fundraising due to how much we have had going on (you know, the pregnancy, selling a house, buying a house. packing, unpacking…)

The walk is TOMORROW Saturday May 4th and we are trying to see just how much we can raise in about 16 hours! FLASH FUNDRAISING!

So, if you feel inclined to support my blog and my family, you can make a donation under my daughter’s name. Let’s see if we can get her to BEAT her grandparents who have raised $1700! Can we do it??

You can make a tax deductible donation in honor of my sweet daughter E HERE. THANK YOU!!

(Though the walk is tomorrow, you can continue to donate through out the entire month of May, as May is Arthritis Awareness Month)

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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. So glad you shared on KBN. What a touching story. I wish you best of luck in your walk tomorrow and meeting your goals. It’s pretty amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish and raise in funds over the last few years. Amazing. Thank you for touching my heart today.

  2. Best of luck in your flash fundraising efforts! You certainly sound like you have been very busy!
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