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Ashley Rankin holds a B.S. in Biology from Alcorn State University. While there, she participated in several clubs and organizations and was the leading scorer on her college soccer team. She recently graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Biotechnology degree, and has contributed to studies in cancer research. Outside of science, Ashley enjoys collecting music, fashion blogging, reading non-fiction novels and running. Born and raised in the Denver-Metro area, Ashley has experienced the best of what Denver has to offer, and has seen the development of charity and cultural events over time in the Mile-High City.

Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Denver

It may have affected a grandparent, great aunt or a beloved teacher. Or perhaps a parent, sibling or friend. Whatever the relationship, most people know someone that has struggled with arthritis. My own personal connection comes through my grandmother, who, although amazingly independent and self-sufficient, struggled within the confines of arthritis for years.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

(Photo Credit: arthritis.org)

For those interested in supporting arthritis awareness, or those just looking to give to a good cause, the 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk may be just what you’re looking for. The event is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, one of the leading organizations committed to fundraising, research and health education to improve the lives of people with arthritis. A nationwide event, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk runs in over 120 U.S. cities. Because of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, over $5 million has already been raised for arthritis research in 2012 alone. In Denver, the walk has become a holiday tradition, as it approaches 21 years in the Mile-High City.

“The prevalence of arthritis in our nation is surging, and we cannot ignore it. Events like the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis help bring the community together to raise awareness and funds that are critical to the advancement of research, health education and government advocacy,” said John H. Klippel, M.D., president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis Foundation

(Photo Credit: www.arthritis.org)

As the nation’s largest holiday run/walk, this event offers several activities for the whole family to enjoy, which include the Snowman Scramble, a run for children, a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk and a holiday themed costume contest for teams and individuals. Participants will receive jingle bells to tie to shoelaces and a long sleeve race shirt.

Don’t miss your opportunity to jingle for a great cause! Visit the Denver Jungle Bell Run’s website  to sign up today. For more information or questions please contact Danielle Otsuka at 720-644-4397 or send her an email. For Jingle Bell Run/Walk video highlights, visit their website. More information on the Arthritis Foundation can be found at their official website.

WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 8 a.m. -1 p.m.

WHERE:
Washington Park
1000 S Downing St
Denver, CO 80209

TICKETS: Register here.

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