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Money Raised
Team Fundraising Goal: $9,000.00
Total Raised: $7,768.00

Members Recruited
Recruitment Goal: 80
Members Recruited: 58

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Shawn Daly is a 2009 graduate of St. John’s University and Maple Grove native. Since graduation, Shawn worked hard purchasing his first home and managing large print industry client projects in the Twin Cities. Over the past year, Shawn began experiencing pain in his feet and hands. Being only 28 and actively Cross fitting, he believed the pain was from working hard during the previous day’s workout and maybe, just maybe, he was starting to feel a little older. After navigating the pain of workouts and a summer of home remodeling projects, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) began to really take a toll on his feet and hands. The only problem was Shawn had never even heard of Rheumatoid Arthritis and thought the pain was a result of injuries.

In September 2016, Shawn got married surrounded by friends and family. The wedding celebration carried late into the night and even into the early morning. After a few hours of sleep, Shawn noticed the pain was getting dramatically worse and the thought of putting on shoes was a nightmare. His big toe was swollen and hurt to the touch, and he could hardly put on his wedding ring. At this point, Shawn knew he needed to see a doctor.

The doctor immediately ordered blood tests, X-Rays and made an urgent appointment with a Rheumatologist. Two key blood tests for identifying RA include Rheumatoid Factor and Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide – both were off the charts. Shawn’s immune system malfunctioned and began attacking the healthy tissue lining his joints and organs by mistake. These attacks cause severe pain and swelling in his feet, knees and hands. Shawn learned with proper and aggressive treatment, the disease can be slowed down and the pain can be managed.

The exact cause of RA is unknown; it is most likely a combination of factors such as abnormal autoimmune response, genetics and some environmental or biologic trigger. This was important for Shawn to hear and something he finds helpful to remind himself, “I did nothing to cause this”. Feeling regret or second guessing life choices would be counterproductive when trying to stay positive. Hearing the doctor tell him that he did nothing wrong was a surprising relief during diagnosis.

RA has changed Shawn’s life in many ways. The first 9 months of his marriage have been focused on medications, self-injections, managing side effects and experiencing incredible fatigue. The home projects and workouts that Shawn once accomplished are now much more difficult or impossible to attempt. These are struggles that can impose many challenging circumstances on a new family. Becoming aware of the difficult lifestyle changes and openly communicating is an important approach for anyone diagnosed with RA. Experiencing this struggle has inspired Shawn to help others who are in similar situations.

Rheumatoid Arthritis has no cure; but through the Arthritis Foundation, many resources are available to help people like Shawn navigate the disease. Along with his friends and family, Shawn has directly benefited from the wealth of information provided by the Arthritis Foundation and is thankful for the outreach and support of the Arthritis Foundation community.

Team Members:
Total Raised$7,768.00  
General Team Donation$1,235.00  
Shawn Daly$1,485.00  
Hanna Daly$300.00  
   Ava Bates$15.00  
   Jack Bates$15.00  
   Jereme Bates$30.00  
   Shannon Bates$175.00  
   Marisa Bayer$1,078.00  
   Julie Benton$35.00  
   Ron Benton$30.00  
   Sharon Benton$30.00  
   Angela Bidinger$30.00  
   Cory Blenkush$30.00  
   Jaelynn Blenkush$30.00  
   Kayleigh Burns$35.00  
   Paula Cheslik$35.00  
   Terry Corbin$175.00  
   Bob Daly$30.00  
   Brandon Daly$30.00  
   Jan Daly$120.00  
   Jason Daly$125.00  
   Kevin Daly$30.00  
   Susan Daly$1,000.00  
   Whitney Davy$100.00  
   Michael Duberowski$40.00  
   AJ Enger$15.00  
   Josh Enger$70.00  
   Katie Enger$130.00  
   Lucy Enger$15.00  
   Laura Engstrom$60.00  
   Andrea Flora$50.00  
   Damon Flora$50.00  
   Tyler Haertzen$40.00  
   Kyle Hall$30.00  
   Paul Jones$35.00  
   Andrea Koch$80.00  
   Bill Koch$40.00  
   Justin Konze$35.00  
   Lora Konze$35.00  
   Clare Latterell$30.00  
   James Latterell$30.00  
   Sue McLuen$35.00  
   Tiger McLuen$135.00  
   Melissa Miller$100.00  
   Katie Newman$35.00  
   Michael Newman$35.00  
   cindy proell$50.00  
   Tim Quenemoen$35.00  
   Trevor Rolando$80.00  
   Dave Schmidt$30.00  
   Albert Siu$30.00  
   Hasmik Siu$30.00  
   Rylan Siu$15.00  
   Alex Ward$35.00  
   Ellie Ward$35.00  
   Jamison Ward$20.00  
   Marit Ward$35.00  
   Zachary Ward$20.00  
   Jessie Zwanziger$30.00  

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