Be an angel and join the run for Zoe

IN HOSPITAL: Zoe was 15 months old when she was diagnosed with systemic idiopathic arthritis, a rare form of juvenile arthritis that is difficult to treat. Photo: Supplied
IN HOSPITAL: Zoe was 15 months old when she was diagnosed with systemic idiopathic arthritis, a rare form of juvenile arthritis that is difficult to treat. Photo: Supplied

ZOE’S Angels will hold their annual fun run or walk in support of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and lupus on Saturday.

The event will be held at Capalaba Regional Park behind Bunnings Warehouse, with registration from 3pm.

The organisation is raising funds to boost the numbers of paediatric rheumatologists, as there are nine full-time specialists countrywide to treat about 10,000 children.

The sponsorship of a medical post-graduate to become a paediatric rheumatologist in Queensland is a five-year project for Zoe’s Angels.

It is hoped that increasing the number of these specialists would ensure a faster diagnosis process.

FUN FOR ZOE: Attendees at last year's Zoe's Angels fun run and walk. Photo: Supplied

FUN FOR ZOE: Attendees at last year's Zoe's Angels fun run and walk. Photo: Supplied

Next year Zoe’s Angels will host the first Australia National Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Lupus Conference in Brisbane for families, medical students and general practitioners.

The course for the fun run and walk is a 2.5 kilometre lap in the mostly shaded park, with a double lap option for runners and walkers wanting to do five kilometres.

The cost is $25 for one lap and $35 for two, with team event options available.

All registered runners and walkers will receive a medal.

Registration for the event is online until Thursday, March 23 or at the event, at an additional $10 per entry.

Random prizes and raffles will be drawn and a barbecue and drinks will be available for purchase.

Details and bookings at zoesangels.org.