Arthritis Kids South Africa was started by Diane Crossman in 2009. Di’s daughter had just been diagnosed with JIA and she found herself needing more information about the disease and wanting contact with parents in similar circumstances. By 2016, having invested thousands of hours into supporting parents and advocating for children with arthritis, Di and her crew, which by then included her daughter, were ready to take a break.
The current team of volunteers took over in 2017. Our board comprises paediatric rheumatologists and parents of children with arthritis, balancing the medical aspects of a chronic disease with the realities of living with one. Our daily interaction with children affected by this disease fuels our commitment to achieving our objectives.