2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Anchorage, AK
Saturday, December 13, 2014, UAA Student Union
|Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!|
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! The Top Fundraiser will receive an unrestricted roundtrip Alaska Airlines Ticket. Also jingle your way into our New VIP Area.
TEAM SPOTLIGHT Meet Team Midnight Sun Home Care and Kim
Team Midnight Sun Home Care is led by Team Captain Kevin Turkington who is also our 2014 Corporate Chair. This year they will not only be jingling for the 1 in 5 Alaskans who have arthritis, but for Kim who has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and a story that is unfortunately all too familiar to those who suffer or have loved ones with RA. Kim was in the military and in her 30’s when she started having problems with her feet, hands and wrists. She was initially diagnosed with fasciitis and later fibromyalgia for which she received injections to combat the inflammation and pain. Things did not get better and years later she was diagnosed with RA. Many times the painful symptoms are a prelude to having positive lab tests which result in a definite RA diagnosis. Her reaction was a mixed one: happy to finally know but concerned about getting her disease under control before deterioration was an issue. One year into life with RA and Kim and her doctor found the proper combination of meds to help keep her disease under control so she can live a “normal” life. She had to retire from the military due to her health, give up downhill skiing and forgo long hikes. Kim would like for people to understand that, “Young people get this disease; normal people get this disease.” Just because someone may look fit and healthy does not mean this is necessarily the case. “People don’t see that it hurts every time I open a door.” Team Midnight Sun Home Care will be jingling for Kim on Saturday, December 13…who will you jingle for?!?
Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight 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.