Jingle Bell run raises money for arthritis research as nearly 3,000 people were part of the event through downtown Indianapolis. Numerous people dressed up whilst taking part in the event that raises arthritis research money.
James Bundy, with the help from decorations and a little spray paint created the Christmas tree she wore at the event. Bundy said she had a box made of cardboard at her house that she wasn’t using and she realized she could use it to build a Christmas tree out of it. She started her little project at around 9:30 on Friday and finished it at around 1:00 on Saturday morning, she said, while adding that it was extremely last minute. But what isn’t last minute is her complete dedication to the cause. She takes part in the event every year with the hope of playing a role in the search for the cure capable of stopping arthritis.
Bundy said that she has a couple of family members that have arthritis. She explained that her dad has the disease and that it is very hard not to know anyone who has arthritis.
Just in Indiana there are around 1.4 million adults and 6,400 young children who suffer from arthritis.
Dr. Jeffery Soldatis explained that there are over 100 kinds of arthritis. Juvenile arthritis can start as young as early childhood. Soldatis treats the surgical kinds of arthritis as he is an orthopedic surgeon. Surgery comes into play when medical treatments have not succeeded and the joint of the patient is not working anymore so the surgeons have to replace the damaged joint. Soldatis said that they want to be on their patients’ side to prevent them from ever needing surgeons to operate on them.
Teena Anderson from Indianapolis also knows numerous things about arthritis. She suffered 22 surgeries because of arthritis since she received her diagnosis at the age of 12. Anderson had to be put on permanent disability at the age of 40 and gave up a NASA career. Even though arthritis has taken so much from her, her amazing spark is still present.
Saturday, participants in the event have helped raise $175,000.