"SISTER-HOOD" Supports Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk


If you ever find yourself surrounded by a large group of girls wearing bells on their shoes, running down the street in Northville and enthusiastically shouting, “SISTER-HOOD, SISTER-HOOD,” don’t be surprised. These are the girls of Ladywood High School.

And they take the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis seriously. So seriously that the Ladywood Blazers team comprised of students, alumni, faculty and friends raised $4,000 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation at the December 1, 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Northville. The Ladywood Blazers fielded the largest Run/Walk team.

The connection between the school and the Arthritis Foundation began eight years ago with the leadership of Ladywood graduate and English teacher (and now principal) Tracey Mocon. She is inspired by her parents and their fight against arthritis. Mocon’s mother has rheumatoid arthritis and her father has osteoarthritis.

When it comes to the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, “I think of them. They are in so much pain. There’s not a day that goes by when they aren’t in pain,” she said.

Mocon pitched the idea of supporting the Arthritis Foundation to her students and something amazing occurred - they embraced the idea and goal of racing to help people with arthritis in Northville. The connection between the school and the Arthritis Foundation has remained strong. Junior Brigid Jacob said, “We’re close knit. Not just friends. You only get four years of high school. Why not spend it with great girls doing great things?”

Each year a committee of students spreads the word about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk and recruits participants. This year’s crew included Jacob and her classmates junior Sabine Hutter and senior Sarah Wojnarowski. Join the Ladywood Blazers at the 2013 race and jingle your way to the finish line to fight arthritis!

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