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The Jingle Bell Run in Kansas City is an absolute destination! One of the few runs in the country that takes place entirely underground, the Jingle Bell Run is a festive 5K romp. It's the perfect family destination with special guests that include Sluggerrr from the Kansas City Royals, jugglers, live musicians, a magician and more. There's even a special "Holiday Hallway" that's aglow with thousands of lights! Plus, the route is completely flat and never ventures outside, allowing you to jingle like you've never jingled before!
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!
Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for 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.
Want to see your team’s name emblazoned on 2,000 T-shirts? Great! Every team that raises $2,000 or more by December 1 will have its team name listed on every Jingle Bell Run shirt!
Meet Our Youth Honoree
Home: Edgerton, MO
Little Savannah is living proof that arthritis knows no age limits. Though she is only 5 years old, Savannah has already endured more pain than many people will experience in a lifetime. Surgery on her right knee. So much pain in her joints that, according to her mom, “She walks like the Tin Man in the morning.” Surgery on her mouth after a constant array of cortisone shots shut down her salivary glands. And on and on. And all because of her bout with Juvenile Arthritis, which was formally diagnosed in June 2013.
Savannah has survived – and even thrived – through it all, which is why she is our Youth Honoree for this year’s Jingle Bell Run. “She’s as tough as nails,” says Savannah’s mom, Julie. “The majority of people look at you like you’re crazy when you say, ‘My 5-year-old has arthritis.’ They have no idea.”
The battle against arthritis is especially poignant for Julie because her sister, Dawn Roberts, died at age 24 after battling scleroderma, a form of arthritis. Dawn would be Savannah’s aunt.
“This is our way to honor both of them,” Julie says. “We want awareness but, more than anything, we want a cure.”
Meet Our Medical Honoree
Dr. Carrie Mihordin
Home: Overland Park, KS
Virtually every day, Carrie Mihordin sees how disabling arthritis can be. As a rheumatologist at Mid-America Rheumatology Consultants in Overland Park, KS, Dr. Mihordin works with patients whose entire lives have been altered. “The diseases we treat are so much more debilitating than people realize,” she says. “Unless you or someone close to you has arthritis – or you work with people who have it – you may not understand how much it can impact one’s life.” That’s why Dr. Mihordin is proudly serving as this year’s Medical Honoree of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. She wants to fight this crippling condition, help create awareness, and to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. She and her husband of 11 years, as well as their 5-year-old daughter, are avid participants of the underground Jingle Bell Run, and they’re honored to carry the torch for 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis. As Dr. Mihordin said, “I’m honored to have this opportunity to advocate for this cause.”
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For more information on how to qualify for our 2014 fundraising incentives, please contact your Jingle Bell Run event director listed below.