The Jingle Bell Run/Walk

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The Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Gateway Mall –Grand Hall

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide holiday run and walk event to raise both awareness and funds to fight arthritis – the number one cause of disability in the United States. Participants are provided with jingle bells to tie to their shoe laces and are encouraged to dress in holiday costumes – making the Jingle Bell Run/Walk a festive holiday tradition for individuals, families, companies and community teams. We are really striving to make this event a Salt Lake City tradition and give it the foundation to grow exponentially each year!

This year’s Jingle Bell Run will not only include the timed 5K event, but a Kids’ 1K Race with Rudolph, an Elf Village(with kid’s crafts and games), a Health and Wellness Expo, and a Jingle Bell Boutique.  Local musical groups will be performing, prizes given away throughout the day, and even a special visit from Santa himself!

The fund raising aspect of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is driven largely by the participating individuals.  Participants are asked, but not required, to raise a minimum of $100 to help support the mission of the Arthritis Foundation.  The creation of Jingle Bell Run/Walk Teams is also an integral part of fund raising.  Families, friends and co-workers join together to walk in honor of a teammate with arthritis while also raising funds as a team.  The Arthritis Foundation provides both staff and online support to those raising funds through the creation of their own fund raising web page.  Corporate sponsors are also secured to help raise funds for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, but to also help raise awareness for the #1 cause of disability in the United States.

In most situations being #1 is a reason to celebrate – however, when it comes to arthritis many aren’t celebrating.  Over 50 million Americans, 1 in 5 adults have arthritis, and nearly 300,000 children age 17 and younger live with arthritis.  Arthritis affects people of all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, non-profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis and their lives.  Thanks to events like the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, individual support and corporate support, we are able to fund research, health education and government advocacy efforts to improve the lives of those living with arthritis.  These services include, but are not limited to:

•             Hosting of a number one ranked comprehensive arthritis web site, www.arthritis.org
•             Management of a toll free information helpline
•             Creation and distribution of nearly 100 consumer educational brochures, booklets and books
•             Publishing of Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation’s bi-monthly consumer magazine
•             Hosting of water and land-based exercise classes, self-help courses and support groups
•             Development and management of physician referral lists
•             Extensive funding for arthritis research
•             KAT Programs (Kids And Teens Get Arthritis Too
•             Federal and state advocacy efforts to ensure rights and access to care for all people with arthritis

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