Meet Sean: Winner of the national drawing competition for World Psoriasis Day
Seven-year-old Sean Curzan of Cary, N.C., near Raleigh, is the winner of a nationwide drawing contest sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation as part of World Psoriasis Day. Sean's first-place drawing is representing the United States in an international competition in Stockholm, Sweden.
Observed each year on Oct. 29, World Psoriasis Day is an international day of recognition for people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This year's theme, "Childhood psoriasis: A challenge for us all," focuses on the effects of psoriasis on kids. Among this year's activities, children from around the world were invited to submit artwork depicting life with psoriasis.
Sean, who was diagnosed at age 3 with palmoplantar pustular psoriasis, a form of the disease that affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, loves to draw and express himself through art. His art work at school has often been highlighted, and he participated in the World Psoriasis Day contest to spread awareness about this disease and show people what life with childhood psoriasis is really like.
"I hope we can find a cure for psoriasis. Then I can stop taking medicine, and my hands and feet won't hurt so much," Sean says.
The international winner, chosen by dermatologists at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress earlier this month, will be announced Oct. 29 and will receive a one-week trip to Iceland's Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its unique psoriasis treatments.
"It feels really cool to represent the U.S. I've never been in a world competition before," Sean says.
Oct. 21, 2010