Our daughter Megan -- "Thing 1" to our friends in the blogosphere -- gives us the energy and inspiration to find a cure for juvenile myositis, a potentially devastating autoimmune disease. Diagnosed nearly 9 years ago at age 2 (read her story here), she still takes medications every day to keep the disease in check.
However, in late April, Megan started to experience a flare, or relapse, of the disease. She is back on IV medications to try to nip it quickly before damage is done.
Nonetheless, she has been one of the fortunate ones who has responded well to these treatments. Not all are so lucky.
Just this past August, our tight-knit JM community lost 15-year-old Cole Flack of Oregon to complications from this incurable disease. Cole had been diagnosed with JM only 3 years earlier.
To help prevent future tragedy, our family is participating in the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 25, 2011, to raise funds for Cure JM Foundation, an all-volunteer group fighting for research into a cure for this often painfully and sometimes fatal disease.
Please help Megan and the many children like her by sponsoring our efforts.
The McKeever Family
Kevin, Rhonda, Megan, Cal and Murphy
PS - If you prefer to send a check, make it out to Cure JM Foundation, mark it in the memo section that you are sponsoring Kevin and Rhonda McKeever, then mail it to:
Cure JM Foundation
836 Lynwood Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Matching gift forms may also be sent to that address or faxed to (760) 230-2243.
Check out the Cure JM video under Megan's picture!