Tracy's Little Helpers
Team in the Spotlight – Tracy’s Little Helpers
Here is Tracy’s Story
I wanted to do the walk for many years. You see I have been living with rheumatoid since I was 19 years old. When I was 19 it was easy to oversee the fact that I had arthritis. I worked 2 jobs and went to college. My RA seemed to be something I just dealt with. I just pushed past it and didn't let it bother me. Sometimes the pain was intense but it always seemed to go away and I would go on with my life. As I got older it’s been getting harder to overlook the pain. For the most part it seems to make me forget I have RA. The bad part is that I know when I have done too much because my Ra flares up really bad. That's where my friends come in. They have seen me at some bad times where my hands and ankles have been swollen and it hurts to work and stay positive. They keep me busy and try to keep my mind off of it.
My team consists of a lot of friends from my 2 jobs. Most of them have been with me weekly and have seen me through some bad flare ups in my life. I asked them to support me through my walk and they were there for me. And I haven't been more proud to have friends like them in my life. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world!
I did some digging on the arthritis foundation and found out that Rochester does have a Walk. I promised myself I would walk this year no matter what! We will be wearing some elves hats and jingle bracelets!! Everyone seems so excited to walk. I didn't expect so many people to sign up and join me. I am proud to say that My friends are awesome!!
I am hoping that by raising money for the arthritis foundation we finally find a cure for the amount of pain that people suffer from daily. We who have RA deal with a lot of people who do not understand how painful RA is. Little things that people take for granted I couldn't always do. At 41 I never expected myself to be where I am today ....still fighting to stay pain free and live a halfway normal life. I am hoping that someday we will find a cure for RA. So that we who suffer from it can live a day free of pain!! I am hoping I can walk the whole thing and continue to do so yearly from now on:) Thanks for asking about my story I hope someday we all can live pain free and happy:)
TOGETHER THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We would like to highlight a Top Fundraiser and a top Jingle Bell Run Rochester Team – Team Coffey.
Team Coffey is led by Kristin Coffey who heard about this event for years from friends but didn’t get personally involved until she joined the Northeast Region Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board. She participates because arthritis has affected both her parents and it is prevalent in both sides of her family. She was looking for a way to get more involved and Jingle Bell Run was it!
Kristin has recruited a very spirited and fun group of friends and family that continues to grow each and every year. She encourages her teammates to enlist their own friend s and family members to join the team or get donations. Kristin not only recruited family members she has engaged her employer, Mengel Metger Barr & Co. LLP to lend support. As part of her fundraising efforts she will be implementing Dress Down Fridays and thinking holding Chair Races at the office as well; a wonderful idea provided by Kristin, a member of the AF staff!
This year the team is looking to wear their “ugliest Christmas sweaters” as a team dress alike. Be on the lookout for this great idea of camaraderie and staying warm
As per Kristin “Arthritis is so prevalent that at times I think it’s almost overlooked!? An irony I hope to help change. No one should live with pain. Knowledge is power. All of the AF’s fundraising efforts go to support research to find a cure. While public awareness is important, donations are needed to find that cure! This is what I hope to help people understand. “
Thank you Kristin for all you are doing for the Arthritis Foundation and for the Rochester Jingle Bell Run. We could not do what we do without wonderful people like you!
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!
Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!
Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.
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