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Walla Walla girl nationally recognized in "Arthritis Today"

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A Walla Walla girl is making a big impact in the world of juvenile arthritis.

11-year-old Allison Wanichek is being nationally recognized in the Arthritis Today magazine for her help in the fight for a cure.

Allison suffers from juvenile arthritis. It took three years and numerous doctors to discover her diagnosis. This summer, Allison and her brother raised over $5,000 in just three hours selling lemonade.

The sales grabbed the attention of the Arthritis Foundation to feature her in the November- December issue of Arthritis Today.

Allison said she does this all with one goal is mind.

"I could create more awareness about it. It could help somebody get diagnosed earlier rather than three years of their life living in pain and not be able to do something that they love. But for one person to get diagnosed earlier, it makes me feel like a better person," she said.

Allison is also being recognized by the foundation as an honoree in its inaugural Jingle Bell Run and Walk on November 17th in the Tri-Cities.