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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Dec. 12, Laurel Hill Park
10/27/2015 4:10:59 PM

More than 500 people are expected to bring festive holiday spirit to the Charleston area on December 12th, 2015,  when they “jingle all the way” to Laurel Hill Park for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. This holiday-themed annual fundraiser aims to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

The event will include walkers and runners donning their most festive apparel and costumes in a competitively timed 5K run, 5K walk and Dancer Dash Kid’s run. Festivities start at 8 AM with on-site registration, check-in and Santa’s Village activities. The run/walk starts at 9 AM.

Register online at  or by calling 267-784-8275.

Taking place in more than 100 cities across the country during the end-of-year holiday season, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to support the Arthritis Foundation’s life-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, and an estimated 300,000 kids.

In South Carolina, more than 1 million adults and 4,000 children have arthritis. Our goal is to raise $40,000 to conquer and cure arthritis.

Bridget Sauder (17-years-old, Summerville) is the event’s Youth Honoree. Diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was only 13-years-old, Bridget is a charming and resilient high school senior who is taking college classes and will earn an associate degree before graduating from high school.

This year’s Medical Honoree is Dr. Harold Del Schutte Jr., founder of the Charleston Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at East Cooper Medical Center.

“Arthritis steals everyday joys and long-term dreams,” says Meagan Fulmer, chief development officer of the Arthritis Foundation. “It isolates and ostracizes. It diminishes quality of life and fills days with having to say ‘no’ to too many things. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Arthritis Foundation is in a unique place of authority and action, with the purpose of finding a cure and fighting for everyday victories. We are a Champion of Yes, and so are all Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis participants.”


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