Country star LeAnn Rimes meets national World Psoriasis Day drawing contest winner
World-famous celebrity LeAnn Rimes and 7-year-old Sean Curzan from Cary, N.C., a small community near Raleigh, have something in common. Both are living with psoriasis, a chronic, noncontagious disease of the immune system that appears on the skin and can be itchy, flaky and debilitating.
Sean and his family met the Grammy Award-winning entertainer Oct. 29, World Psoriasis Day, after a concert she gave in Charlotte. The two shared stories about the challenges facing kids with psoriasis. Sean was diagnosed at age 3 with palmar-plantar psoriasis, a painful form of the disease that affects the palms of his hands and soles of his feet. His drawing called "Psoriasis can be a bear" won the nationwide World Psoriasis Day drawing contest sponsored last month by the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Rimes, 28, has lived with the disease since she was 2. Because of life in the spotlight, Rimes endured aggressive treatment regimens to clear her skin, and her self-esteem and confidence suffered because of her psoriasis. She now has a "new outlook," no longer letting the disease define who she is or how she feels about herself. Rimes has become a prominent Foundation spokeswoman and advocate, participating in national awareness campaigns and speaking out about psoriasis on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Nov. 8, 2010