Raising Spirits, and Arthritis Awareness, Through Cycling

Each year, Jenn Ramsey does the California Coastal Classic, a fundraising bike tour. Winding along Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the ride covers 575 miles in eight days. But it’s been an even longer road for Ramsey to get here.

Jenn Ramsey completed her 13th California Coastal Classic fundraiser ride in 2018.

Jenn Ramsey has not let debilitating ankle pain prevent her from riding her bike, sometimes over 80 miles in a day. In fact, the arthritis in her ankles has been bothering her for so long, she can’t even remember when it began. “I was 13 months old when I was first diagnosed with arthritis,” Ramsey says. “I had some issues with my ankle, and they thought that maybe I had a tumor. One day, I was very listless. My dad told my mom, ‘We have to take her to the emergency room.’ Basically, it was polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), diagnosis by exclusion. They ruled everything else out. The doctor noticed that my arm was contracted, and that’s how they determined that I had arthritis.”

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