All kinds of arthri­tis can strike just about any­body

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Scott Mor­gan

They’re an un­likely pair, but new Mt Al­bert MP David Shearer and Pt Che­va­lier’s Loren Cassidy share a com­mon bond.

They both know the pain arthri­tis can cause and will be help­ing to raise money for Arthri­tis New Zealand dur­ing its an­nual ap­peal, which starts on Fri­day and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 3.

Mr Shearer, who is plan­ning to hit the streets on Fri­day with a col­lec­tion bucket, de­vel­oped a form of arthri­tis known as still’s dis­ease at a young age, while Loren suf­fers from sys­temic ju­ve­nile id­io­pathic arthri­tis.

The two con­di­tions are sim­i­lar, with pa­tients sub­jected to joint pain, fever and a rash among the symp­toms, while Loren’s im­mune sys­tem is also weaker be­cause of the dis­ease.

Af­ter spending a month in hospi­tal be­cause of the con­di­tion in the 1960s, David says his par­ents pulled him out be­cause he was get­ting de­pressed.

“They didn’t have any drugs. All I was on was Dis­prin and iron tablets. “I went home and mum fed me up and I ex­er­cised all the time and swam. Even­tu­ally I started get­ting bet­ter.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Wor­thy cause: Arthri­tis suf­fer­ers Loren Cassidy and David Shearer are set to help out with fundrais­ing dur­ing Arthri­tis New Zealand’s an­nual ap­peal start­ing on Fri­day.

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