2012 Arthritis Walk!
The video to the right shows a very special wish on behalf of Gabrielle. (If the link to YouTube is not visible or doesn't work, then right-mouse-click on and "Open" the following hyperlink instead -> angel video.)
If the video moved you to help with JIA-uveitis, please go to the Donate tab and contribute any amount you can to the Arthritis Foundation on behalf of the Gabrielle's Vision Team. This summer, GabriellesVision.org is proudly supporting the Arthritis Foundation as the best organization for raising visibility and support for all people with arthritis including the JIA-uveitis children. Please visit them at www.arthritis.org.
A Blinding Disease
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), commonly referred to as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue in children's joints. There is no cure.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the uveal tract in the eye which includes the iris. JIA-related uveitis is a chronic disease that attacks healthy tissue in children's eyes. All children with JIA should be periodically screened by their eye doctor for uveitis since ten percent (10%) of them will eventually get uveitis. There is no cure.
The symptoms of JIA-related uveitis can be treated. Improperly treated, however, JIA-related uveitis can cause life-long eye problems.
A Passion for a Cure
JIA affects 50,000 to 100,000 children in the United States alone. JIA-related uveitis affects about 5,000 to 10,000 of those children. Gabrielle's Vision was formed by parents of a child with JIA-related uveitis to ensure everything possible is done to prevent unnecessary blindness in all JIA children due to this disease. See Gabrielle's story in the July-August 2008 edition of the Arthritis Today magazine: "In The Blink of an Eye," and in the Summer 2009 issue of the Rosemary Thymes: "Through the Eyes of a Child."
Why "Gabrielle's Vision?"
There is an educational and funding gap regarding treatment of children with JIA-related uveitis. Click here to find out why this website is specifically called "Gabrielle's" Vision: Why is this website called "Gabrielle's" Vision?
Hope for the Future!
For parents with a newly diagnosed child: Fifty years ago a child diagnosed with JRA-related uveitis had a 50% chance of going blind. Today that percentage is down to 10%. While there is still no cure, great strides have been made in treatments. With early diagnosis, timely referrals to tertiary uveitis centers, and proper treatment, your child's chance of keeping their sight is very good. Please educate yourselves, become your child's best advocate, keep in touch with us and other organizations, spread the word, and never give up hope! That 10% figure is way too high. Working together we can drop that percentage to zero (0%) and allow all children like ours the best future possible.