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Bay City Corporate Honoree

Bay City Brewing Co. has gained recognition as an established brewery in the San Diego community and celebrated its second birthday in August. They have won the hearts of loyal customers as they are recognized for their diverse, high-quality beer menu as well as their relentless dedication for supporting local projects. Supporting charitable community events is a foundational pillar in their mission statement. Both Doctor Benjamin Dubois, a local orthopedic surgeon, and Greg Anderson, a longtime bar and restaurant owner in San Diego are the co-founders and co-owners of this family run business. Their vision was clear: to make great beer for the Point Loma community and beyond. Supporting community events was stitched into the Bay City Brewing Co. fabric from its inception and this particular event is one that is falls near to Dr. Dubois’ heart. 

Doctor Dubois is more than an orthopedic surgeon, he is a shoulder arthritis specialist. In his 13 year career he has performed over 1000 shoulder replacements and naturally has been heavily involved with the Arthritis Foundation, serving on their board and heavily fundraising for them for the past five years. His medical practice was recognized as the medical honoree for the Jingle Bell run so it is incredibly special to now have the brewery be able to serve as the corporate honoree. 

“As an orthopedic surgeon, I have been involved with the Arthritis Foundation for years so the opportunity to have evolved our business to where it is now possible for us to serve as a corporate honoree is nothing short of incredible and it’s a great honor. We are extremely proud to host this year’s Jingle Bell run and community fundraising efforts!” 

Located between San Diego and Mission Bay, five minutes from Downtown and five minutes from the beach, the name is representative of its urban and coastal identity. Bay City Brewing Co. has a strong presence in San Diego in local bars and restaurants and is continuing to grow. They are excited to begin plans to bottle and can this year! A name you will begin to hear more, they are solidifying their place in today’s market with their impressive quality, and outstanding service. 



Brigid Freyne, MD
Medical Honoree


Brigid Freyne, MD, is honored to participate in the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run.  

She is a native Californian who ventured out of state to medical school in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Freyne 
attended internal medicine residency in Santa Barbara and a fellowship in rheumatology at UCLA. She has been in solo practice in southwest Riverside County since 2001 and is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

Improving the quality of patients' lives and having a positive impact on thousands is her motivating force.  She strives to provide excellent medical care and keep aware of new developments in the field of rheumatology. Maintaining an active lifestyle and enjoying the temperate weather and natural beauty of Southern California are important factors to her health and that of her patients.

Grecia Aguilar
Adult Honoree

Grecia is a 27-year-old woman who has been living with the autoimmune disease for most of her life. When you see Grecia, you would never know that she has Rheumatoid Arthritis. When Grecia reveals her “secret” to people, they’re in total shock.  But for her, she doesn’t know what it’s like living without RA.

She was diagnosed at 5-years-old, and her earliest memories of experiencing arthritis were in elementary school. Grecia legs hurt so badly, she couldn’t walk. She remembers staying home from school, paralyzed from the pain.   


As a child, she didn’t fully understand what she was dealing with. All Grecia knew was that she had pain, weird lumps on her wrists, and had to take tons of pills. Grecia dad would take her to tedious therapy sessions, and her mom to frequent doctor’s visits or to get lab work.

Grecia later moved to San Diego, CA. Here, she had a local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Naturally, her family got involved. Thanks to the foundation, she was able to travel to Orlando for conferences where her parents learned a lot about arthritis, meeting other families with similar experiences along the way. Grecia parents raised money to run a marathon in Hawaii called “Joints in Motion.” She attended JRA Camp at Camp Marston (when it was still local) and later became a counselor, forcing her sister to volunteer as well.

Throughout her adolescence and young adulthood, Grecia arthritis symptoms were almost non-existent. She would go as far as to say that she was in remission. Grecia wouldn’t swell, no longer have morning stiffness, and she was doing so well. Grecia trained muay-thai for 7 years, and encourages others with arthritis to stay active. Grecia a huge believer that exercise is a natural remedy.

Recently, her body has decided to take a detour. Grecia continue to inject weekly dose of medication. Still, her fingers swell all too frequently, making it uncomfortable to do simple tasks, like, hold a steering wheel or write. As Grecia is typing this, it hurts her move her index finger because of the swelling in her knuckles. She doesn’t know what triggers it, but she hates it. Oddly, Grecia sees the pain as a challenge, and she can’t let arthritis win. She won’t let it. The goal: no more pain.

Grecia is excited to be the 2017 Jingle Bell Run Adult Honoree, leading the way to raise money to find a cure for arthritis.


To support Grecia in his fight against arthritis, please visit her fundraising page today!


Giada "Gia" Filizetti 
Youth Honoree

Giada "Gia" Filizetti has always been an active, loving, and happy young girl. The moment that changed, we became very worried.

When Gia was only 2½-years-old we started noticing that she was going through some physical and emotional changes. She began limping, walking really slow, favoring her left leg, sleeping a lot more than she used to, became really needy, and was no longer able to physically keep up with children her age. After only a couple of weeks, her symptoms became significantly worse and she was no longer able to walk to the bathroom in the morning. After multiple doctors visits, X-rays, blood panels, and lots of tears (from her and us) we were finally referred over to Rady Children's Hospital after she tested positive for ANA (meaning that she likely presented with some type of autoimmune disorder).

In our first appointment with Dr. Radhakrishna, also know as Dr. Rad, he almost immediately diagnosed Gia with Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis due to inflammation in more than five of her joints. After another appointment with the Ophthalmology department, it was confirmed that Gia also presented with inflammation in her eyes (Uveitis). Due to the surprisingly fast progression of her symptoms, her young age, and the decrease in the quality of her life Dr. Rad recommended that we act quickly and aggressively to help our daughter get her inflammation in remission. We learned that if the inflammation did not “get under control” that Gia may continue to “fall” physically behind her peers and she may not meet developmental milestones due to her body fighting excessive inflammation. We were in shock, denial, and could not believe this was our new reality. We did extensive research, cried, turned to friends and family, and finally came to the decision that we needed to be as strong as possible for our little girl. Before Gia was even three-years-old we started giving her weekly Humira shots and doses of Methotrexate to help combat her inflammation. In addition, we gave her steroids for her eyes; otherwise, she may be slowly going blind, and we would have never known. When we first started the shots, it was not easy; in fact, they were excruciating on all of us. How do you explain to your toddler why she needs weekly shots? How do you explain to your toddler that the pain she is experiencing is not normal? How do you, as parents, give your child these shots (while inflicting pain)? You just do it.

This journey has not been easy on us. But since Gia was diagnosed a little over a year ago, we can proudly say that she is officially in remission. She is walking. She is jumping. She is doing ballet. She is riding a bike. As an outsider, you would never look at Gia and know that she struggles with JIA. And at this point, Gia still does not understand that she struggles with JIA. She knows that she gets shots, she knows that she needs medications, she knows that she meets with her doctors a lot, and she remembers that she used to limp. But other than that, she is no different than any other preschooler. Even though Gia is in remission, she will continue to meet with Dr. Rad regularly and will need to have her eyes checked every three months for the rest of her life.

As a family, we never expected to be in this situation. We never thought that we would be involved with the Arthritis Foundation. We never thought that we would be going to Children's Hospital regularly. We never thought that we would need to figure out how to explain to our young daughter that she has JIA. But now that we are here, we are so thankful for the Arthritis Foundation and the support that they have provided us thus far. Please help us in donating to a wonderful cause so that more research can be done on JIA to help other children like Gia.

To support Gia in his fight against arthritis, please visit her fundraising page today!





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