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4th-grader to advocate for arthritis foundation

February 28, 2009

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Ten-year-old Carter Stacey, Lawrence, has been elected to advocate for the Arthritis Foundation beginning Monday in Washington, D.C.

Carter, a fourth-grader at Quail Run School, will participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy and Kid’s Summit, which is Monday through Wednesday in Washington.

Carter, the daughter of Greg and Tracy Stacey, has juvenile reactive arthritis, an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 3,000 children in Kansas.

She will be part of a national effort to raise awareness about the impact of arthritis, this country’s most common cause of disability. With her parents and more than 350 other attendees from across the country, Carter will learn about the latest in arthritis research and health policy reforms. Participants also will be briefed on legislation designed to bolster government support for the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

At the conclusion of the conference, the Staceys will take the message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill that arthritis is not an adults-only disease.

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