Maverick Walker, 11
I’m in the fifth grade in Dripping Springs. I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondilitis and juvenile arthritis when I was in third grade. Now I am recovering progressively and doing a lot better. I just finished basketball season and started baseball season. I am so honored to be the Austin Arthritis Walk Hero. My goal as hero is to help other people with arthritis to not give up, to not stop trying to stop this disease. If you don’t have control over it, it will really affect your life. Being active helps. I jump on my trampoline, walk my dogs, shoot hoops and do all the sports I can. The Austin Arthritis Walk is April 27 and I’ll be there walking to fight arthritis!
We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.