Bartlett basketball player overcomes arthritis, signs NLI for college

Anchorage (KTUU) Getting to realize a dream is a momentous occasion.

When you love the game of basketball.. being told you have arthritis in your fingers can be crushing. For DaiJenae Townes, or DJ to her teammates, she never let it get in the way.

Townes was diagnosed four years ago, when she was a freshman in high school. But she kept working hard.

Even when the medication wasn't working.

"Some of them didn't work, so my fingers would be swollen up in the morning," Townes said. "It was hard to dribble the basketball and sometimes it hurts, but most of the time, when I'm playing basketball, it doesn't really hurt because I'm not really thinking about that, I'm thinking about the game."

Townes realized a dream today, signing a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Lindenwood University, also receiving a scholarship.

Townes said throughout all of this, she's learned if you work hard, great things can happen.