Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by the Missoula Downtown Association
Tie bells to your shoes, craft your costume, gather your loved ones, and kick off the holiday season with the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The Great West Region of the Arthritis Foundation is set to hold its second annual Missoula Jingle Bell Run/Walk event to benefit research, programs, and services to prevent, control, and cure arthritis.
Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has been faithfully dedicated to providing support, programs, educational tools, and advocacy for people, parents, and children facing arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is passionate about increasing local and regional awareness about their programs, services, and solutions for those living with arthritis – a disease that currently has no cure.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk has become a holiday calendar fixture across the country and was recently named one of the best themed races in the world by popular fitness blog greatest.com. This November, the Arthritis Foundation has set out to celebrate the second year of the event in the Missoula community by raising $7,000. “We believe that together we can tackle this debilitating disease. It’s estimated that in 2030, 67 million Americans over the age of 18 will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. It’s clear to me that now is the time to come together in this journey toward a cure,” said Scott Weaver, president and CEO of the Great West Region of the Arthritis Foundation.
Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, over 300,000 of which are children, today and is one of the leading causes of disability in the country. While there are more than 120 types of arthritis, patients most commonly experience osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The synergy between the Arthritis Foundation’s goal of prevention and control, and the importance of exercise and movement to ease joint pain, make the Jingle Bell Run/Walk a fun way to educate the community about the Arthritis Foundation’s goals.