Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Jingle Bell Run / Walk Birmingham Registration

 

Jingle Bell Run / Walk Montgomery Registration

 

Meet our 2014 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Anna Grace, Age 13 - Birmingham Jingle Bell Run Honoree

 

 Anna Grace was diagnosed 3 years ago with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis after several years of pain.  For over 2 years she complained of pain all over her body and the doctors dismissed it as growing pains.  Over time it became worse and her parents knew something was wrong. During softball season she could no longer run the bases after having been one of the fastest on the team.  The doctors found fluid on her hip and said it was an injury, despite the fact that she had not had an injury.  The pain became so bad that sometimes she could not even stand or get out of bed. After several rounds of tests she was sent to a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with JIA, an autoimmune disease that can cripple children if left untreated.

The last few years have been difficult for Anna Grace and her family as they learned to adjust to chronic illness. She is on infusions that cost $14,000 monthly and are managing her pain for the time being.  One of Anna Grace’s family’s biggest passions is spreading awareness that kids get arthritis too, and the medications can be astronomically expensive.  Anna Grace recognizes that this is a disease she will have to manage for life, yet she gets out of bed every day determined to beat it. She is now very active and is on the dance team at her school. She wants to help other kids learn more.

“The Arthritis Foundation has been an incredible resource to our family. She feels like although she hates the disease, it has given her so many opportunities she wouldn’t have had without it. Experiences such as the National JA Conference, Camp MASH and JA Family Days have helped her greatly!  She sees this disease as a ministry to help others. She’s become an advocate and has worked to raise money through her school and community for the annual Jingle Bell Run each year.  She wants to tell others her story to help people “get it”!   She is determined to one day find a cure for herself and all other kids who fight this.”-Denise (Anna Grace’s Mom)   

 

 

2013 Jingle Bell Run Photos

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 
   

 Fighting Arthritis is a Team Effort

 
Take a step in the right direction by forming a team to either run or walkin the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. What is a team? A group of co-workers,friends, neighbors,or family joining together to fight arthritis.Why enter as a team? It’s fun! The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis brings communities together in an exciting and spirited way to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis while participating in a healthy activity. A team also increases your visibility in your community. It shows everyone that your company or group cares!

Feel good knowing that you, your co-workers, family and friends care enough to positively affect the lives of people with arthritis. You'll be able to win great prizes while helping others! Your team could even win the award for highest fundraising team. It's fun!

 
   
   
Nebo Content Management System Tracking