Mission Moment: Analisa Rojas

Mission Moment Analisa Rojas Juvenile Idiopathic ArthritisAfter relocating to the Frederick area, the Rojas Family became members of the YMCA of Frederick County over six years ago. Initially, they enrolled their oldest daughter in the Early Learning Center at the Downtown Y. After a temporary leave of absence, they recently rejoined the YMCA, primarily for the benefit of their two-year-old daughter, Analisa.

In early 2023, the family faced a significant challenge when Analisa experienced a regression from walking to crawling. Following numerous medical appointments, injections, blood tests, and extensive travel, she received a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Despite the hurdles, Analisa has made remarkable progress, thanks in part to the support and resources provided by the Arthritis Foundation. This organization offers valuable group support and educational materials on topics such as diet, exercise, and various therapies.

The YMCA has played a pivotal role as the family has focused on strengthening Analisa’s upper body and facilitating her recovery using low-impact aqua therapy. Beyond the physical benefits, this time in the pool has provided invaluable opportunities for family bonding and shared exercise experiences.

As beloved members of our YMCA community, the Rojas family’s resilience and determination have inspired us all. Let’s unite as a community to celebrate Analisa’s remarkable journey towards wellness. During the Welcome Ceremony & Awards, Analisa will be recognized as the Youth Honoree, symbolizing her courage and resilience in the face of adversity.  Walk to Cure Arthritis – May 18, Baker Park