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If you’re looking for high school sophomore Noah Van Horne, you might look on a basketball court, in front of a chess board, or playing with his family’s dog – probably not at an exclusive fashion show for the San Francisco’s glittering high society. But that is just where Noah will be on Friday, May 31, when he will serve as the youth honoree at the Arthritis Foundation’s 16th Annual Fashion Fights Arthritis event.

Noah is one of about 300,000 children in the U.S. living with Juvenile Arthritis (JA), an often-painful disease that particularly affects the joints. Noah’s symptoms first appeared at age 7 (pictured right) when his knees began to swell. His mother, Elise Maar, says “He told me one day after school that he couldn’t go to baseball practice because his knees hurt, and I knew they must have really hurt since he loved baseball.”

A few days later the swelling in both knees and an ankle was so bad that Noah couldn’t walk. A pediatric rheumatologist diagnosed Noah with juvenile arthritis.

Noah started attending the Arthritis Foundation’s free camp (Camp Milagros) in Livermore for children with JA when he was nine and has participated in AF’s Teen Retreat since he was fourteen. These programs provide a supportive community of and for kids with JA, and Noah has enjoyed the camaraderie of other kids without having to explain the disease to everyone.

Noah has started his own fundraising campaign to help ensure that other children with Juvenile Arthritis will have access to the same programs and support that he has found so helpful. To donate to Noah’s campaign, visit his Honoree page on the Fashion Fights Arthritis website.

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“Nests: Patterns from Nature” by W. Gary Smith on display at Filoli

Artist and landscape artist W. Gary Smith says his mission is simple – creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world. That is much on display at an environmental art exhibition currently on exhibit at Filoli in Woodside through November 10. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most wandered Filoli’s grounds to capture the myriad […]

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2019 GAIA Global Citizen Awards have a decidedly local angle

Laurie Hunter and the HRH Foundation received the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) Global Citizen Award on May 10 at a reception held on the 61st floor of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. The award is given annually to recognize exceptional individuals and institutions who have made extraordinary contributions to GAIA and global efforts to […]

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Children’s Champions event at Menlo College benefits at-risk children in the Bay Area

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) is presenting the 6th annual Children’s Champions event on Saturday, May 18, from Noon to 2:00 pm at Menlo College in Atherton. This family-friendly fundraising event benefits at-risk children in the Bay Area. “The kids who attend Children’s Champions will be treated to an afternoon of fun experiences […]

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M-A’s Leos Club delivers clothes, cash and gift cards to Paradise fire victims

Last month, teens in the Leo District 4-C4 drove 30 huge bags of summer clothes plus over $1,600 in cash and gift cards to Paradise, CA, for the Paradise Elementary School students and families. The school burnt to the ground last November Elise Kratzer, current President of the Leo District 4-C4 Board, led the drive with […]

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Registration is open for the Schoolhouse Rocks 5k Run and Festival

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to Rock this Run! Online registration is open; it ends on May 14 at noon. There will be no race-day registration. The Schoolhouse Rocks 5k Run and Festival sponsored by Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9:00 am at Hillview Middle School. […]

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SafeSpace kickoffs Mental Health Awareness Month with rally in Fremont Park

SafeSpace, a teen-led organization that empowers young people to engage in mental health advocacy and awareness, is hosting a rally at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park on Sunday, May 5, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. This event will kickoff Mental Health Awareness Month and feature youth speakers, music, performances, activities and resources and […]

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11th Annual Dine out for Meals on Wheels on May 2

When you Dine Out at any participating restaurant listed on our website on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10% of eatery proceeds will go to PVI Meals on Wheels and help support daily delivery service of hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors in San Mateo County. All you have to do is enjoy a meal or […]

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Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019 invites visitors to “Enter the Garden”

That Joan Sanders is President of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto should surprise no one who knows her — particularly those who have admired the garden at her Atherton home. She fancies herself a kind of garden whisperer, or more accurately, a person who believes gardens should […]

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Menlo Park-specific bike safety classes will be offered for kids and their parents

Is your child planning to bike to middle school in the fall? Wheel Kids, together with the City of Menlo Park, have created a Menlo Park-specific Middle School Bike Skills parent/child class. The weekend morning class has three parts: in class instruction, blacktop practice and on the road cycling. Kids (and their parent — participation […]

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Hidden delights of Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park

One of the more enjoyable aspects of publishing InMenlo, is getting to dive deep into some of Menlo Park’s more hidden treasures. Such was the case when we toured Vallombrosa Center with Public Events and Marketing Coordinator David Leech accompanied by contributing photographer Scott Kline. Tucked behind a wall on Oak Grove Avenue between the […]

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