On Saturday, December 12th, 2015 volunteers from the Chicago RRT joined the cause in an event that raised over $180,000.00 for the Arthritis Association. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis was a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping others!

The start of the run

The Arthritis Association helps people conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and a network of community connections. People with Arthritis face unique barriers such as the high cost of treatments, difficulty accessing medications, scarcity of specialists and more. It’s hard for any individual to fight the battle alone, but through their effective and committed advocacy network, the Arthritis Foundation is working to address key issues on both the state and federal levels with lawmakers, insurers and regulators, helping to ease people’s burdens so they can live a full and happy life.

A 10k Runner crossing the finish line Walkers received a medal and cold water bottle at the finish line

While this event also occurred in many other cities across the United States, the Chicago event was especially one to be remembered. An astonishing 1,200 citizens of the Chicagoland participated in this event! The run/walk provided both a 5k and 10k route ensuring that people of all ages and abilities would be able to join.

RRT Volunteers passing out water bottles

 RRT volunteers assisted the Event Coordinators with the event set up and assembling of the sponsor booths. RRT also set up one of their bright red signature tents, which provided the participants with enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the event. It was important that there were enough volunteers to help provide general event information and guidance to the crowds throughout the day.

Team Elaine celebrating the season by giving

The Arthritis Association has set a goal to chart a winning course, guide families in developing personalized plans for living a full life and make each day another stride towards a cure. RRT was privileged to help them reach this goal, and look forward to the next event!

RRT Volunteers pausing for a group picture with Mr.& Mrs. Claus themselves

Kind Words from the Event Coordinators: “I wanted to take a minute to thank you for volunteering for our 2015 Chicago Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Your team was absolutely awesome! I can’t tell you how much we appreciated your help and the very kind donation of water. To date, we have raised over $150,000 through the event. We hope to grow it even more in 2016! I have received many compliments about our event this year, so thank you for your support! I hope you have a very happy Holiday season!”  

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