Holiday-Costumed Participants Join the Cause to Raise Funds and Awareness for Arthritis
The 2017 Jingle Bell Run for arthritis is bringing holiday cheer to Detroit on December 2 with the goal of raising $175,000 this year. As 1,600 gather at 1 Campus Martius to join the movement to conquer arthritis, this annual, holiday-themed 5K run/walk and 10K run encourages participants to dress in festive costumes and get out and moving, as well as raise awareness and funds to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.
Taking place in more than 100 cities nationwide, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run benefits the more than 54 million Americans (1 in 4 adults), including 300,000 children (1 in every 250), living with arthritis pain every day. From funding cutting-edge research for new treatments and ultimately a cure to advocating for health care access, the Arthritis Foundation helps those living with arthritis score everyday victories, one step at a time.
“Every dollar raised during our Jingle Bell Run events makes it possible for us to provide life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advances in science, and strong community connections,” said Ann Palmer, Arthritis Foundation president and CEO.
“The Arthritis Foundation is here to serve everyone affected by this disease – individuals, their families and the health care professionals who help them. Your generous support helps us chart a winning course, so that more people can say Yes to a better life.”
The Detroit Jingle Bell Run will feature local honorees who embody the Arthritis Foundation’s “Champion of Yes” spirit. “Diagnosed at age 5, I didn’t really understand what it meant to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA),” says Rebecca. “When I was in high school, my doctor told me to expect to be in a wheelchair by the time I was twenty.”
Rebecca Wilson is one of 2.3 million people in Michigan living with arthritis, which includes more than 10,300 children locally who are living with the disease. Through fundraisers like the Jingle Bell Run, the Arthritis Foundation is able to invest in local and national programs that benefit those in your community affected by arthritis.
The Jingle Bell Run is nationally sponsored by AbbVie, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, UglyChristmasSweater.com, and Sanofi Genzyme Regeneron.
To learn more and register for the Detroit event, visit www.jbr.org/detroit or contact the Arthritis Foundation at 248-530-5025.
Feature Image: Photo courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation
SOURCE: The Arthritis Foundation