ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Around 600 racers showed up for the Jingle Bell run Saturday morning, where 100% of the proceeds raised benefit the Arthritis Foundation.
1 in 4 Americans and 1.6 million Virginians battle Arthritis.
The Arthritis foundation raises funds to promote research training opportunities for healthcare providers, patient support services, and advocacy which help many patients and also advances our therapies.Dr. Catherine Daniel, Race Participant and Arthritis Foundation Advocate
Two participants in the race, recognized for their support for the Arthritis Foundation on Saturday, shared their personal connection to the disease.
Dr. Catherine Daniel is a Rheumatologist, she helps adults with Arthritis on a daily basis. Her daughter, Lauren Daniel, found out she had juvenile arthritis at age 16.
There are no pediatric rheumatologists in southwest Virginia and so we had to travel to Philadelphia once every three months.Lauren Daniel, race participant
Although Lauren’s mother specializes in rheumatology, pediatric rheumatology in southwest Virginia is not easily accessible.
It is reasons like limited access to arthritis specialists, awareness of the scope of the disease, as well as the number of people affected by the disease that make the Jingle Bell Run such an important cause.
Seeing all the costumes and all the kids running around really made what was more of a serious cause for me seem really fun and light hearted and it really made it a great experience.Lauren Daniel, race participant
WFXR was a proud sponsor of this year’s Jingle Bell Run. For more information about the Arthritis Foundation or to make a donation, click here.