Youngster who has brother with autism raises 20k for juvenile arthritis research

Brantford, ON – A local grade school student has successfully raised $20 000 through fundraising activities in an effort to find a cure for juvenile arthritis.

Diagnosed with a form of the illness nearly 3 years ago, Ethan Golden has taken it upon himself to hold various fundraising events geared towards garnering as many dimes as possible.

Now with over $200 000 raised the youngster, whose brother has the same condition as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder, has become a well-known figure in the community for his tireless efforts. The intrepid 7 year old has held several fundraisers including a lemonade stand at his home and has sold Christmas ornaments in an effort to raise money and awareness of the cause as well.

Golden has thus become the “face” of juvenile arthritis in his area despite the fact that he experiences periodic pain and inflammation in his joints requiring chemotherapy injections to lessen the symptoms. Nonetheless, he remains determined to reach his goal of obtaining 1 million dimes and has, in the process, become an inspiration to both his family and the community. The youngster has received various top honors including the Brant News Community Hero award; Tessa O’Donahue, one of his supporters, succinctly echoes the sentiment stating that, “he’s really a great kid.”

Source: Brant News website: Going above and beyond.