Mayor Peduto Honors Young Arthritis Advocate

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A teenager was honored Saturday by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for her continued efforts to find a cure for arthritis.

Rylee Ann Laya is one of 300,000 children with juvenile arthritis.

“End of fifth grade year about May, I started get this wrist pain. It just happened one morning and I was like ‘Oh, I must have sprained it or something, I don’t know,” Rylee said.

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But, it wasn’t a sprain. Another doctor called it tendinitis. Six weeks of physical therapy didn’t work and it turns out she had arthritis.

Rylee, who lives in West Virginia, travels to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for her treatment because West Virginia is one of 11 states that does not have a pediatric rheumatologist.

She has raised more than $8,000 to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability.

“I hope to see that, when these doctors…

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