1.2 million people are affected by it in Alabama alone, and that's not counting the 5 to 6 thousand children in Alabama who have it. It's arthritis.
Meet Meredith Burtron-- a spunky and smiley 13 year old.
But you'd never guess she has been battling arthritis since she was almost 4 years old.
"With my body, I'll start using the medicine and it works well and it gets to a high peak and then it starts to drop off and eventually it stops helping me manage my pain," said Burton.
Over the years she has taken injections in her knee and jaw.
And driven many miles to get her treatments.
"Her family would get in the van early early early in the morning, drive all the way to Emory, wait to be seen, and drive all the way back," said Lisa Hemphill, Regional Development Director of the Arthritis Foundation.
Thanks to the Alabama Arthritis Foundation and funds they have raised, there are now 5 pediatric rheumatoid arthritis specialists in Birmingham.
And they are helping people like Meredith get the treatment they need.
But they still need help to find a cure!
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