We at Jack Maxton Chevrolet would like to give a big thanks to Chuck Steel for inviting us to participate in the Jingle Bells Run 2011 for Arthritis Foundation. Chuck has been a great DJ for Friday Night Cruisin’ car shows at Jack Maxton for several years and he’s involved as a volunteer DJ for the Run, which had thousands of runners and walkers who came out to support the Arthritis Foundation. While we were slightly dreading the chilly morning temperatures, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. There were so many festive costumes, from Santa to hot pink reindeer. Every runner wore a set of bells on their tennis shoes, bringing new meaning to saying “I’ll be there with bells on!”
Not only was it uplifting to raise funds for a worthy cause like the Arthritis Foundation, we learned how donations help patients like a teenager named Makayla. Makayla was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the young age of 3. Suffering from this particular form of arthritis means she is afflicted in 5 or more joints, equally on both sides of her body. The disease affects her eyesight. Aside from various daily medications, 14-year-old Makayla makes monthly visits to Children’s Hospital inColumbus,Ohioto receive her treatments. Medication is given by infusion through a port. In addition, she receives steroid injections every 4 to 6 months in the joints of her wrists, hips, knees and ankles.
Makayla is not able to do many of the things like other teenagers her age. She cannot attend public school and is taught through home school instruction. She cannot play sports, take dance or run track. This is a hard reality for a child of her age. Still, Makayla is a positive, strong young lady who will warm your heart. She has dreams to someday become a veterinarian. We have dreams to someday cure arthritis.
To date, the 2011 Jingle Bells Run has raised $205,656 for the Arthritis Foundation! We were very happy to participate in the race and help people like Makayla.
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