Cure JM 2014 National Conference and Fundraiser Recap

Welcome Reception

Friday night, Cure JM families gathered for a Welcome Reception.

“This was a special evening as many families had never before met another family also battling Juvenile Myositis,” says Cure JM President Mitali Dave. “Many families had been in contact with each other online and meeting in person was extremely moving for all who attended.”

The highlight of the evening was live entertainment provided by Samantha Martin, who performs under the name Penny Lane.  Samantha performed two songs live and also played her video, Soldier On.  Two years ago, Samantha collaborated with her father to write the song “Soldier On” in honor of all the children and families who struggle with the pain and heartbreak that Juvenile Myositis can bring.

Penny Lana AKA Samantha Martin

“I wanted those kids who have Juvenile Myositis and their families to know that there is hope.”
Samantha Martin

Doctors diagnosed Samantha with Juvenile Myositis when she was just three years old. 

“I wanted those kids who have Juvenile Myositis and their families to know that there is hope despite the seemingly endless treatments and difficulties,” says Samantha.  “I’m an example of that. I hope to stay one for a long time.”

Soldier On WallMartin’s song “Soldier On” is available on iTunes at All proceeds go to Cure JM Foundation.

Click here to view the music video

“My video for the song ends with still photos of dozens of children who have Juvenile Myositis – some of whom have died from the disease or its complications, many others of whom are still battling it, most holding signs that read ‘I need a cure,’” said Martin.

“We need to find a cure so no other child has to suffer from it again.”