Local 11-year-old with Juvenile Arthritis hopes to find cure for disease

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HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — At just 11 years old, Jonathon Schneider has raised over $20,000 to one day find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis.

To most, Jonathon is a happy and healthy 11-year-old boy, but he struggles on a daily basis with pain from Juvenile Arthritis. 

“At some point in the future, they’ll probably find a cure, so I wanna sort of raise money for the walk to find the cure,” Jonathon said.

Since being diagnosed in 2014, Jonathon and his family travel to Pittsburgh for the Walk to Cure Arthritis every spring. He’s raised $24,000 since then. 

“He’s one that will say, ‘you can’t cure me because I’m beyond that,’ but he’s raising all this money so somebody else down the road that would get diagnosed doesn’t have to go through this and do this day in and day out, pain and sufering,” Melissa Schneider, Jonathon’s mom said.

And though he may be in pain, that doesn’t stop him for living his life to the fullest.

“I don’t wanna deal with it everyday, when I get older and all of that, and I don’t want other people to have pain in the future,” Jonathon said.

Jonathon’s goal this year is to raise five to eight thousand dollars. The walk is on June 1 at the Hot Metal Bridge in Pittsburgh.

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