North Pole, AK – Tie bells to your shoes, get your costume ready, gather your loved ones, and kick-off the summer with the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle in July! Run/Walk. The Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region, Anchorage Office is holding its fourth annual Jingle in July! event on July 5, 2014 at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska.
Funds raised at the Jingle in July Run/Walk benefit research, programs and services to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. Join us as we celebrate this year’s Jingle in July! Run/Walk youth honoree, Madison Hrinko, and the thousands of other Alaska residents living with the daily pain of arthritis.
Madison Hrinko is an 11 year-old sixth grader who loves family bike rides and swimming competitively. She also has arthritis. The Hrinko family’s journey with juvenile arthritis began many years ago when Madison’s mom, Gina, returned from a business trip and noticed 18-month old Madison limping. By the end of the week Madison was not able to walk and they made a trip to their local pediatrician. The pediatrician suspected juvenile arthritis and immediately referred them to a pediatric rheumatologist in Seattle where the diagnosis was confirmed and treatment began. “Arthritis is for older people,” is what Gina thought in disbelief. Madison currently has to endure twice weekly injections and her goal is be able to give them to herself. She attends CampARCTIC (a camp for kids with arthritis) in Cooper Landing where she finally met others like herself.
The North Pole Jingle in July! Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Festivities begin at 8:30am at the Santa Claus House. This 5K run and walk event is planned to also include a 1K children’s fun run with the elves, a costume contest with prizes, Santa, face painting and balloon artist, hot dogs, and fun for the whole family.
For more information about the Jingle in July! Run/Walk, please visit the website www.jingleinjuly.com or contact Anna Campione at 907-277-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up today, build your team, start raising funds, and start planning your costume!
About the Arthritis Foundation
Did you know that arthritis affects over 52 million adults and there are over 116,000 people living in Alaska with this disease? Did you know arthritis affects one in five Alaskans and is the number one cause of disability in children? Did you know that 800 Alaskan children are affected by arthritis? The Jingle in July Walk/Run is an event to help raise money for the Arthritis Foundation and all those affected by arthritis.
Anna R. Campione
Arthritis Foundation | Alaska Office