Champion Athlete: Desiree Ficker
Champion High School Team: Hays High Steppers
Mia was 9 months old when she had a fever of 105 and a rash. It lasted 37 days. After extensive blood work, bone scans, and multiple visits to the infectious disease specialist, Mia was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), and inflammation of the liver and lymph nodes.
Mia does steroid treatments and methotrexate to control the inflammation, and NSAIDS for pain management. Over the years, Mia struggled to get control of the arthritis and has lost range of motion in her joints, affecting her ability to walk or hold things. Mia has been on daily medicines for pain, weekly injections for arthritis, and bimonthly infusions. Mia is no stranger to MRIs, x-rays, bone scans, blood withdrawals, steroid injections in her joints, physical/occupational therapy, infusions, and traveling throughout the state to visit doctors. In her short 8 year life, Mia has had over 800 shots.
Mia has battled JRA her entire life, but now she does it with the Hays Highsteppers cheering her along as their newest teammate.