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Jason Higley, 15 

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"If you speak out, you are giving people the information they need, teaching them about the disease," Jason says. "I enjoy volunteering because I feel that I am accomplishing something and helping other children with arthritis."

A sports lover, Jason plays deck hockey at the Shooters Indoor Sports Complex and was recently elected captain of his team.

"This was a huge milestone for Jason and his family, as they once worried that Jason would not be able to pursue his love of sports," Pryor says. "Jason has been brave enough to do things a lot of adults wouldn't do. He'll stand up in front of hundreds to tell his personal experience. He's given us the opportunity to tell our story in a better way. He's the dream volunteer for our organization."



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