CONTACT: ANNE HEILEMANN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on arthritis research and
treatment at the University of Iowa, you may contact UI rheumatologists
Dr. Robert Ashman, (319) 356-2287; Dr. Kenneth Saag, (319) 356-4413; or
Dr. Scott Vogelgesang, (319) 356-7725
Jingle Bell Walk/Run will raise money for Arthritis Foundation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Participants in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis
will "ring in" the holiday season by raising money for arthritis
research and treatment.
Sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, the Jingle
Bell Walk/Run will be Saturday, Dec. 6 at the University of Iowa Recreation
Building in Iowa City. Participants can take part in an indoor 5K (3.1
miles) walk, or an outdoor 5K walk/run. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
and the walk/run starts at 9:30 a.m. Everyone who walks or runs will get
either gloves or shoelaces with jingle bells to add to the festive atmosphere
of this event.
In addition to the walk/run, a variety of family activities and entertainment
is planned, including music, refreshments and kids' activities.
Registration for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis is free, but
participants are encouraged to collect pledges from family and friends
to support the work of the Arthritis Foundation. Participants who collect
pledges will receive t-shirts, sweatshirts and other prizes. Prizes will
also be awarded for teams who participate in the walk/run.
Nearly 40 million Americans have arthritis -- that's one in seven people.
By the year 2020, the number could swell to roughly 60 million. Iowa has
a particularly high incidence of the often-debilitating disease -- 17 percent
of Iowans have arthritis. In 1997, the Arthritis Foundation has contributed
$230,000 to UI researchers to help find new treatments and cures for arthritis
and related diseases.
To register for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis or to make a
donation, pick up a registration brochure at area public libraries, banks
and senior centers, or call (319) 339-7151 or (319) 337-6194.