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Runners Get Festive, Raise Funds in Fort Worth’s Jingle Bell Run

Dec 02, 2016 08:27AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photo via the Arthritis Foundation's Facebook page

On December 3, hundreds of holiday-costumed runners will converge in Cowtown for the annual Jingle Bell Run. The goal is to raise $130,000 in funds to cure arthritis, America’s No. 1 cause of disability.

Taking place in more than 100 cities nationwide, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run helps the one in five Americans, including 300,000 children, 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 the 50 million Americans 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 strengthen community connections,” said Ann Palmer, Arthritis Foundation president and CEO, in a press release. “The Arthritis Foundation is here to serve everyone affected by this disease – individuals, their families and the healthcare 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 Fort Worth Jingle Bell Run will feature local honorees who embody the Arthritis Foundation’s Champion of Yes spirit. 

Honorees include:

Ryker Patten was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when he two-and-a-half years old. It is now a year and a half later and Ryker still takes his anti-inflammatory twice a day, along with two shots a week of different medications to hinder his immune system. He is a Champion of YES every day as he fights to keep this disease from limiting his childhood.

Rheumatologist Rosy Rajbhandary, M.D. is a member of Huguley Medical Associates and practices at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South. Dr. Rajbhandary mentions that her interest in rheumatology is both professional and personal. She grew up seeing her mother suffer from severe, crippling and disabling rheumatoid arthritis, so her exposure to rheumatology began in early childhood. She now dedicates her life helping people in such pain.

Angela Garza is a 42-year-old real estate agent who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2013. Angela is passionate about finding a cure for arthritis and hopes to shed some light on how her disease does not discriminate by age.

Paul Kohlmeier was named as chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run in June 2016. Paul has over 30 years in aerospace, engineering, production and supply chain management. He is currently the Lockheed Martin Director for F-35 International Supply Chain and Supplier Readiness. Paul is honored to be allowed the opportunity to help build the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. The Arthritis Foundation’s impact on the many veterans and young lives is an inspiration for Paul to be a Champion of Yes.

Through fundraisers like the Jingle Bell Run, the Arthritis Foundation is able to invest in local and national programs that benefit those in the community affected by arthritis. The Jingle Bell Run is nationally sponsored by Advil, AbbVie, Massage Envy and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

Learn more and register at JBR.org/FortWorth.