There are 300,000 children living with arthritis in the United States. Tori Byklum of Fisher is one of them.
In 2005, Tori came down with a 105-degree fever and couldn’t shake it for nearly a month. Her flu-like symptoms and extremely swollen joints kept her from doing things like getting out of bed and holding a pencil. After several tests and ruling out Leukemia, Tori’s doctor diagnosed her with juvenile arthritis.
Tori has had many ups and downs since her diagnosis, but participating in dance line, piano, girl scouts and basketball keep her active. “She is very determined not to be sidelined because of her arthritis,” says Tori’s mother, Tami. “She even insisted the doctor let her attend the 2008 Arthritis Walk in a wheelchair after having been hospitalized for a flare up in her hips.”
The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region (AFUMR) will hold the Arthritis Walk – Grand Forks on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Arthritis Walk – Grand Forks will be held at Choice Health & Fitness. Participants can choose between a one-mile or three-mile walk, 5K Zombie fun run or a Kids’ Monster Dash ½ Mile. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with events starting at 9 a.m.