The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 18, 2013

Golf tournament fundraiser April 27

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An April 27 golf tournament will raise funds for research of an ailment near and dear to the Cory Weber family’s heart.

They are raising money to fight arthritis. It matters to the family because Duren Weber, 9, has had life-altering treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

“Duren was diagnosed when she was 7 years old and in the second grade,” said her mother, Skye Weber. “She came home with a swollen knee and said she had slipped in the ditch walking to grandma’s after school. Two weeks later her knee swelled, but this time three times the size of her other one. We took her in to Northwest Oklahoma Orthopedic, and saw Dr. David Keller. They took X-rays and found nothing. Dr. Keller said he thought it was juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.”

From there, the family took Duren to OU Children’s Hospital. She was treated by a juvenile rheumatologist.

Duren has polyarticular rheumatoid arthritis, which means it is found in more than four joints. In her case, it affects her feet, ankles, knees, hips, neck, shoulders, wrists, elbows, hands and fingers, Skye Weber said.

When steroids and painkillers didn’t have the desired effect, methotrexate was prescribed. Ordinarily, methotrexate is used for chemotherapy, Skye Weber said.

Her parents gave Duren a weekly injection in her thigh for about eight months. Finally, the arthritis came under control and she was weaned off the drugs, Skye Weber said.

“This last year she has come completely off the medication and was declared in remission in January,” she said.

Cory Weber said that without the arthritis research of the last decade, Duren would have been in a wheelchair instead of the lively and active girl she is.

“One hundred percent of the juvenile research comes from the Arthritis Foundation,” Cory Weber said. “And funding is all from the individual donors.”

The Arthritis Golf Tournament is a four-person scramble tournament at Pheasant Run Golf Course April 27. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

Registration is $60 per player and includes green fees, cart and catered lunch. Registration forms can be picked up at Pheasant Run Golf Course or obtained by emailing curinduren@gmail.com.