Jingle Bell Run/Walk Raises Over $18K for Arthritis Foundation

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This past weekend, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K and Santa Chase for children under 12, sponsored by Novita Bistro on behalf of and in support of the Arthritis Foundation, bested its total participation from last year when 379 registered runners and walkers braved the cold to help raise a remarkable $18,271 so far for this worthwhile cause. This is only the second year the oganization has held this event (2007 boasted 225 registered participants).

Julia Madsen was awarded the title of this year's Youth Hero and Helen Pierce was awarded the Adult Hero title. Prior to race day, the funds collected totalled  $16,311. http://www.2008jbrwmetuchen.kintera.org/


Metuchen residents Clare and Rich Puerzer's team, Aaron's Army, raised over $2,000 ($1,162 raised by their Cut-a-Thon at All About U Salon and Spa). Their family has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation since their middle child was diagnosed with the disease in 2005. Last year Aaron was named the Youth Hero of the Run.


Clare Puerzer reports, "Arthritis affects roughly 300,000 children in the U.S. -- which includes about 11,000 kids right here in New Jersey.  Arthritis affects more children than muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis COMBINED!  People have all heard of those diseases -- and they know that children get them.  However, generally, people still don't know that arthritis can affect children.  They still think of it as an 'old person' disease." Raising awareness is very important.


Jingle Bell Run/Walk® proved to be a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping those in need. Some participants wore holiday-themed costumes while most others tied jingle bells to their shoelaces and ran or walked the 5 kilometer route to celebrate this giving season by giving of their time, money and caring to help make this event so successful.

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Thank you, Metuchen Matters for a wonderful follow-up article to a worthwhile event and charity (The Arthritis Foundation)so near and dear to my heart. Blessings of a wonderful holiday season to each and every one of you!

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