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Arthritis Foundation hosts 2017 Jingle Bell Run

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The Arthritis Foundation has announced its honorees for the 2017 "Jingle Bell Run / Walk" annual fundraiser.

Kelly Clinton Holmes, popular Las Vegas entertainer and community leader, has been named Adult Honoree, Dr. Fahreen Rasool, whose focus at Southwest Medical is on arthritis, osteoporosis, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune diseases has been named Medical Honoree, and Ellie Bennett, age 15, has been named the Youth Honoree, it was announced by Catharine Rinehart, the Arthritis Foundation's Director of Development for Southern Nevada.

"Kelly Clinton Holmes has rheumatoid arthritis, a lifelong condition that causes one's joints to swell and hurt, and 15-year-old Ellie Bennett has ankylosing spondylitis which primarily affects the spine and back, proving that arthritis is not just an old person's disease," said Rinehart.

For their part, Kelly Clinton Holmes, Dr. Fahreen Rasool, and young Ellie Bennet are proud to be honored.

"Arthritis is such a difficult disease to manage and we must work to find a cure," said Clinton Holmes. "I am dedicated to helping the Arthritis Foundation find a cure and I am, indeed, honored to be chosen as the Adult Honoree for the 2017 'Jingle Bell Run / Walk.' I look forward to seeing all the festive participants again this year."

Ellie Bennett agrees and said this honor is very meaningful to her because she wants everyone to know that arthritis is not just something one gets when they are older.

"Arthritis changes your life," said Ellie, who needs to attend a 504 high school for students with disabilities. "I am fortunate to have understanding teachers and friends."

On Dec. 9, more than 1200 people will be running, walking, or just enjoying the many other activities at the annual "Jingle Bell Run / Walk" at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Boulevard. This festive annual fundraiser aims to fight and cure arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. The annual holiday-themed event will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. and starting time at 8:00 a.m. and will host runners and walkers alike donning their most dazzling holiday apparel - everything from bells on shoelaces to full holiday regalia. This 5K/10K/ and 1k 'fun run' will be entertaining for the whole family and pets are welcome too.

Taking place in more than 100 cities across the country during the end-of-year holiday season, the "Jingle Bell Run / Walk" for arthritis raises funds to support the Arthritis Foundation's life-changing tools, resources, science and advocacy initiatives. The Foundation strives to help people live better while searching for a cure to the number one cause of disability in the United States, which affects more than 50 million Americans, or roughly one in five adults.

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis that can seriously affect joints, muscles, internal organs and the eyes of people of all ages. There are currently more than 300,000 children living with some form of arthritis in the United States.

"Arthritis steals everyday joys and long-term dreams," said Catharine Rinehart. "It isolates and ostracizes. It diminishes quality of life and fills days with having to say 'no' to too many things. It doesn't have to be this way if we can keep research and resources continuing through our work with the Arthritis Foundation."

To sign up for the 2017 annual "Jingle Bell Run / Walk," please visit www.jbr.org. or telephone Catharine Rinehart at 702-888-3266.

Name: Jingle Bell Run

Date: Dec. 9, 2017

Time: Registration and festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. with the 5K and 10K beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Location: Tivoli Village 440 South Rampart, Las Vegas

Cost: $40 for 5K and $60 for 10K. Registration online closes on Thursday at noon but you can register on race day.

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