Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Jingle Bell Run To Benefit The Arthritis Foundation Is Coming Up

More than 1,000 people are expected to bring the holiday spirit to Summerlin on December 10th when they "jingle all the way" to Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Boulevard, for the Arthritis Foundation's annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk event.  This annual fundraiser aims to fight and
cure arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.  The annual holiday-themed event will start at 8:00 a.m. and will have host walkers and runners alike donning their most festive apparel -- everything from bells on bobtails to full holiday regalia.

“This is a fun and festive run that raises awareness and funds to cure arthritis,” said Catharine
Rinehart, Development Director for Southern Nevada. “It is a holiday event for the whole family, even the family dog.  All are welcome to show off their holiday costumes and run, walk, or simply enjoy the many activities of the morning including meeting local celebrities, a kids zone, petting zoo, shopping, holiday entertainment, music, contests, games and prizes.  We are honored and excited that popular entertainer Kelly Clinton-Holmes will once again be Hostess of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk," added Rinehart.  

Taking place in more than 150 cities across the country during the end-of-the-year holiday season,
the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to support the Arthritis Foundation's ife-changing tools, resources, science and advocacy initiatives.  The Foundation strives to help people live better while searching for a cure to the number one cause of disability in the United States which affects more than 50 million Americans, or roughly one in five adults.  Contrary to popular belief arthritis is not an "old person's" disease.  There are more than 100 different types of arthritis that can seriously affect joints, muscles, internal organs and the eyes of people of all ages.  In fact, two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.  More
children have arthritis than juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy combined.

It affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability, costing the U. S. economy more than $128 billion every year.  Arthritis isolates, it ostracizes and it doesn't discriminate," said Rinehart,  "It diminishes quality of life and its everyday joys.  The Arthritis Foundation is fighting to find a cure and offer help with conquering everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections."

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk, which takes place in over 150 cities across the nation on the first two
weekends of December, is nationally sponsored by AbbVie, Massage Envy, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. "We are most grateful to our national sponsors and we are grateful to our local Las Vegas sponsors as well," Rinehart said.  "Some of our many helpful sponsors include Dignity Health, St. Rose Dominican Hospital, American Dairy, Vegas Voices, DJ Snowman, and  the Zodiac-Dragon.  Locally, in 2015 the Jingle Bell Run/Walk raised more than $110,000 with approximately 1000 participants and volunteers.  Our goal for 2016 is to raise $125,000,” said Rinehart.

To register for the “JINGLE BELL RUN,” please visit www.JBR.org/LasVegas, or call Catharine
Rinehart at 702-888-3266 or email at CRinehart@arthritis.org.

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