One in five adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected by arthritis. Fifty million Americans live every day with a form of arthritis, which according to the Arthritis Foundation is the No. 1 disability in the country. Because of my personal fight with this disease, I’ve made it a point to get involved and help the cause in any way I can. Within the past year, the Arthritis Foundation, with the help of Dr. Madeleine Feldman, created a New Orleans chapter for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Having a chapter of the foundation in the city will not only bring awareness to something that troubles countless Americans, but also will lend a voice and a shoulder to lean on to those affected.
Like other national foundations, the Arthritis Foundation holds multiple fundraising events throughout the year to aid in the research of finding a cure for arthritis. As the New Orleans chapter gets its bearings, the first event the chapter will hold is the popular AF Jingle Bell Run.
Sat., Dec. 17, the first New Orleans Jingle Bell Run (JBR) will convene at the Audubon Park Jogging Path. The JBR is a 5K holiday-themed run or walk, held to bring together the community in hopes of raising awareness and funds for arthritis-related illnesses.
JBR registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m. There will be PJ’s Coffee and Smoothie King for participants to enjoy, as well as a swag bag that comes along with your registration. In addition to all of the festivities, there will be a costume contest for those dressed in their best holiday flair – including a costume contest for the four-legged, furry attendees.
For additional information visit JBR.org/NewOrleans. And if you’re feeling generous or want to join my JBR team, visit JBR.org/NewOrleans/MassicotMafia – there may even be a themed shirt waiting for you.
So join the team, tie bells to your shoes, dress in a festive costume and we’ll see you Dec. 17 to help raise funds to cure arthritis.