Monday, January 30, 2012


Do you watch Glee? APL and I certainly do. Yes, we know the show is about singing and dancing high school students. Yes, we know that we are approximately 30 years old. But we still find Glee uplifting and entertaining. Such a fun show!

Which was why I was so extremely excited to see this post on Colleen's blog the other day. Colleen's daughter Caitlin was diagnosed with JA when she was three and since that time she has had both of her hips replaced. I've mentioned Caitlin on this blog before because I think she is such an amazing person and I feel like I have a lot to learn from her perseverance. And now I have a reason to be slightly jealous of Caitlin, because she and two of her JA friends got to visit the set and meet the cast of Glee!!

This was a totally awesome wish granted for the girls, and I am super happy for them! But what I loved most about this story is how the visit helped educate the cast of Glee that you don't have to be old to get arthritis. Check out these photos of the girls with the cast (re-posted with Colleen's permission, of course. You can see more pictures from the visit on her blog.) In these pictures, the actors who play Kurt, Quinn, Finn, and Mercedes are posing with the girls - and what does it say on that big blue hand? "Raise your hands against ARTHRITIS!"  

Millions of kids and young adults look up to these actors, and now these actors have met the truth first-hand: kids get arthritis too. Young people get arthritis too. You don't have to be old to get arthritis. And maybe, just maybe, some of them will remember and help spread awareness. And that is truly awesome!


Mandy said...

Sooo great! And hey - I love Glee as well.

Helen said...

Love it! :) So exciting for the kids, and what a great way to raise some much-needed awareness.

~Mariah~ said...

Seriously! Isn't it cool?!?!