OMAC Burlington Juvenile Arthritis Charity Tournament

In Support of Ayden

Raised: $28,402. Thank you!

Our ultimate goal was: $15,000

April 22, 2015: OMAC presents the Arthritis Society with the cheque.

All proceeds will go to a Great Cause!

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

ALL PROCEEDS from tournament registration fees, raffles and silent auction are donated to the Juvenile Arthritis Charity.

Grand gesture by GM Kim and Master Harrison:

Donations by OMAC students count for up to 100% and 50% towards colour and black belt tests respectively. Read the letter by Master Harrison.

Thank you for your
generous donation
and for your support!

Silent Auction

Douglas Emerson

Douglas Emerson

National communications manager, The Arthritis Society

Click here for a letter of appreciation from the Arthritis Society to Grandmaster Kim and OMAC for hosting the Juvenile Arthritis Taekwondo Tournament.

440A5989 AydenAyden has never complained about pain in his seven years. Although, eleven of his joints are swollen, one leg is longer than the other and his wrist is stiff and locked making everyday chores difficult.

Ayden perseveres. His Doctor says he doesn’t complain because he has never lived without pain and for him, the soreness and sickness is normal.

The pain escalated last year and Ayden was put on Methotrexate (same drug used to treat cancer – Chemo) making him very weak. He thought he was going to have to give up his dream of achieving his black belt.

His Taekwondo Instructors worked with Ayden to achieve success. In January 2015, Ayden was presented with his brown belt!

Ayden with his mom, Sonja

Ayden with his mom, Sonja

‘Arthritis’ means joint inflammation. Juvenile Arthritis, also known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthirits (JIA), is the most common type of the disease found in children under the age of 17.

The disease causes persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, loss of motion and affects the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and internal organs.

JIA is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body mistakenly identifies some of its own cells and tissues as foreign.

Researchers still don’t know exactly why the immune system goes awry in children who develop Juvenile Arthritis.

Dorijan Ayden“Ayden inspires”, says OMAC World Class Martial Arts Instructor Dorijan Music, “Ayden works hard through the pain. And, he is as determined to get his black belt as he is to spread awareness and help end juvenile arthritis. He highlights all of the principals of our club including determination and dedication.”

OMAC wanted to help “Team Ayden” spread awareness of Juvenile Arthritis and raise funds to support much needed programming and research. On March 28, 2015 OMAC is hosting a Juvenile Arthritis Taekwondo tournament at our Burlington location with ALL proceeds going directly to The Arthritis Society.

For every milestone that was reached, one of your favorite instructors shaved their head!

Tournament Photos

What is Juvenile Arthritis?

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