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Survivor: Tierra Del Fuego
RA Guy on June 3rd, 2009

SurvivorWhile surfing online last night, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy came across a leaked document that included all of the secret details about the upcoming season of the hit CBS reality show Survivor.

The link has since been taken down, but I’ll go ahead and share with you what I remember.

This season’s big twist (spoiler alert!): In order to be eligible for the show, contestants must be living with rheumatoid arthritis. (In a related twist, producers have agreed to eliminate any upper or lower age limits.)

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In the couple of months leading up to the season premier of Season 19 of the Survivor, this blog post was actually one of the top Google search results for anything related to the show. I always wondered about how much confusion this might have caused people who stumbled across my version of what the new season would be like!

Internet Service Fixed

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That took only about 36 hours. A day and a half without internet access seems like an eternity…I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing!

Technical Issues

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My home Internet service went down earlier today. A technician came out in the afternoon and was unable to fix the problem; hopefully it will be fixed sometime tomorrow. I´m keeping my arthritic fingers crossed! I hope to be back online soon. (In case you are wondering, I am typing this from an Internet Cafe, right before I head over to my evening class.)

Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation

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The Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation (the “Foundation”) was founded in September 2009 by Jeffrey Gottfurcht. Eight years ago at the age of 27, Jeffrey was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. He had periodically experienced swollen fingers and wrists and  had stiff joints throughout his late teens  and early 20’s but thought these were  merely an allergic reactions. Finally, a Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist at Stanford  confirmed the diagnosis. In 2009, Jeffrey’s symptoms significantly advanced and he learned that he would be functionally immobile within a few years. An avid mountain climber, Jeffrey decided he could not  just give in and with a can-do attitude  committed to training for and climbing  Mount Everest in 2010, thereby fulfilling his number 1 dream. Jeffrey wanted to share his determination to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis and bring joy, strength and support to others afflicted with this lifelong disease. Jeffrey chose to focus on fulfilling the dreams of children suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis because as a father of 3, he understands the importance  of creating positive memories in a child’s life. The Foundation hopes to inspire, educate and generate awareness while those suffering with this lifelong disease optimistically await a cure.

Granting Wishes
The Foundation’s mandate is to fulfill the dreams of children afflicted with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Referrals for dreams will come from parents, guardians,  members of the medical community, support-related  websites and children suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid  Arthritis. The Foundation’s Dream Team will select the dreams that are prudent and possible to make a reality. The Foundation’s president will visit the child and present the dream come true. Wishes should fall under the following categories: 1) “I wish I could go…”, 2) “I wish I could meet…”, 3) “I wish to be…”, and 4) “I wish to have…”.

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