Dear Cure JM,

The Cure JM Foundation has always treasured the special role that grandparents play in their families and Cure JM. We hope you enjoy this collection of news specifically for you, our grandparents. 

Best regards,

The Cure JM Grandparent Council

A Council of Grandparents, For Grandparents

3:00 p.m.  Eastern

2:00 p.m.  Central

1:00 p.m.  Mountain

12:00 p.m. Pacific

The Grandparent Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month.

Grandparent Council Call

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

We invite you to join our next Grandparent Council meeting on Thursday, March 28th, 2024. 

Connect with other grandparents and learn how to provide support to families along their JM journeys.

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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing a remarkable Cure JM Grandparent from Canton, Ohio, who brings a wealth of experience and love to her family. With a vibrant history spanning over five decades of marriage, three daughters, and a rich tapestry of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Anita Mottice's journey is as inspiring as it is heartwarming.

As a retired nurse and devoted wife, Anita shares her profound connection with her family, particularly her grandchild Sydney, who has been diagnosed with juvenile myositis (JM). Through our interview, she generously opened up about her family's journey, offering insights into Sydney's diagnosis, their evolving relationship, and the challenges and joys they've encountered along the way. Join us in discovering the poignant narrative of this extraordinary grandmother and her beloved grandchild.

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The 2024 grant cycle saw a strong field of new, progressive research projects from world-class researchers across the globe. The field of engaged, leading JM researchers continues to grow with studies in new targeted drug discovery, new biomarkers identification to more precisely predict flares, and brain development in inflammatory diseases.

We hope that by developing new treatments, patients of all ages will be able to reduce the use of harsher treatments like prednisone and methotrexate.

Click the button below to learn more about the 2024 research and mental health projects.

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Dr. Jessica Turnier of the University of Michigan and the Cure JM Clinical Care Network is pioneering JM care through her 360-degree, multidisciplinary approach to care. Dr. Turnier’s model optimizes patient care by fusing research and clinical care through a collaborative network of supporting specialists. In collaboration with the Cure JM Clinical Care Network, Dr. Turnier and the University of Michigan have created a dedicated JM clinic that includes dermatology, psychology, and physical therapy under one roof. Amongst several goals, this highly integrated approach helps patients and families take a more active role in their informed care. 

One practical advantage of this approach is that patients coming long distances can see multiple providers in one visit. We just felt that for coordinating communication, this arrangement simplifies things,” she states.

Recently, Dr. Turnier presented the benefits and inner workings of this multidisciplinary approach to other researchers and clinicians during Cure JM’s January 2024 Medical Symposium. To learn more about how this new approach in JM care can benefit your grandchild, click below to read the full feature and watch the presentation.

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Get ready for an unforgettable journey as we take the Family Conference experience to your community in 2024! We are inviting all JM families nationwide to join us for an empowering mix of connection and education.

Join insightful sessions led by top doctors, where you'll learn the latest treatment breakthroughs, cutting-edge research updates, and invaluable tips to enhance your child's care. Connect with fellow JM families at our upcoming educational Family Day or Regional Conference near you.

Expand your knowledge while also creating new bonds with those who understand your journey firsthand. Don't miss out – click here for a list of 2024 events!

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Lace up and Walk Strong with us! It's time to join the ranks of hundreds of Cure JM families taking strides toward better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

Each Walk Strong event includes a delightful mix of food, fun, and friendship as our Cure JM community unites to walk for a brighter future. From children to young adults to grandparents, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The Walk Strong isn't just any stroll – it's our signature fundraising event, and it's made a tremendous impact, raising $3 million for JM research. Every single dollar makes a difference! Your participation is crucial in driving our mission and ensuring no promising research goes unfunded.

Join a walk near you by clicking the "learn more" button below.

Can't make it to an in-person walk? No worries! You can still be a part of the movement from the comfort of your own home on a day that works best for you. Let's walk strong together!

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On-going Grandparent Resources

Each month we will share a list of the available resources for Grandparents.

Link to Grandparent Facebook Group:

Link to Grandparent Resource Section of the Website:

“There is nothing more wonderful than the love and guidance a grandparent can give his or her grandchild.”   — Edward Fays, The Grandparents Treasure Chest.