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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Local student walks for awareness

 

April 30, 2013

J.T. Scott and his twin sister.

Scott becomes Ambassador for Psoriasis

Rashes and lesions on the skin are common symptoms of psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that often gets mistaken for eczema. J.T. Scott, an eighth grader at Cavelero Mid High School was diagnosed with the disease at the age of only four years old and was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at the age of 11.

Scott has faced the trauma of having those rashes and lesions on his face, arms and other parts of his body but through consistent treatment he now only suffers from the disease on his arms.

Now, at 14 years old, Scott has been chosen to be the Youth Ambassador to the Seattle Walk to Cure Psoriasis on May 19 at Magnussun Park.

Because of this great honor Scott has been highlighted in both the e-newsletter for the National Psoriasis Foundation and their quarterly magazine.

In one of those articles Scott explains what it has been like living with the disease and the teasing that sometimes comes with it saying that he explains to people that it is psoriasis and is not contagious.

On the Seattle Walk for the Cure website Scott says this about his disease, “Even though some days are worse than others, I still play football, and work out with my brother. I have awesome doctors at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Dermatology & Rheumatology depts. who take good care of me... and I go to physical therapy 2x a week here in Lake Stevens.”

Scott is still raising funds for the walk and would love any help he can get.

If you would like to help him reach his goal of $1,000 visit walk.psoriasis.org.

 

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