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Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children's Arthritis Foundation Launches With Mount Everest Climb
Date:5/3/2010

Non-Profit Grants Wishes of Children Afflicted with Juvenile Arthritis; Founder Realizes Own Dream with Historic Mt. Everest Climb

Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 -- The dreams of children suffering from Juvenile Arthritis (JA) became brighter today with the launch of the Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation (JGCAF), a wish-granting organization founded by a young former finance executive who has battled the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an incurable auto immune disease for the past eight years. This month, Bay Area resident Gottfurcht realized his own dream when he embarked on a climb to the summit of Mt. Everest at 29,035 feet, the first-ever ascent by a climber suffering from RA. The approximately six-week trek is being chronicled on the Foundation’s website.

“Suffering from a disease with no known cause—or cure—is heart-wrenching for any individual at any age. When a child suffers, the experience becomes exponentially more profound,” said Jeffrey Gottfurcht, founder of JGCAF. “As I’ve undergone treatment, I’ve witnessed first-hand how the lives of so many children have been put on hold, how their dreams and desires have been stifled. My goal is to help young people suffering from juvenile arthritis to dream again, and by doing so, bring added attention to the disease and the need for a cure.”

More than 300,000 children in the United States suffer from rheumatic diseases. For many, such diagnosis brings lifelong pain, joint destruction, deformity and immobility. For young patients, the ravages of juvenile arthritis are often more severe than those in adults, including loss of mobility as well as organ failure, loss of sight, hearing, and severe digestive difficulties.

“Say arthritis and most people think of an elderly person. It’s a misunderstood disease&mdas
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