The Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run/Walk was a roaring success! We want to thank all of you who participated and volunteered on the day of the event. We couldn’t do it without you!!!
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This site is still open to receive donations.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!!!
Youth Honoree: Ryan Janetzke (Age 13)
Ryan was diagnosed at age 10 with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
For a year Ryan had to have an injection every day to keep his arthritis under control. The injection burned. It felt like the shot was injecting pure acid into his body. Currently Ryan goes to Children’s hospital every other week for an infusion that takes 3-4 hours to administer. He has his good days and bad days, but no matter what, he keeps a positive attitude and never gives up hope that the Arthritis Foundation will find a cure for arthritis.
Ryan is proud to have been chosen as the 2013 Jingle Bell Run Youth honoree. He said “it is an honor to be able to represent the Arthritis Foundation and to be a role model to other children with arthritis.”
Orthopedic Honoree: Dr. Neel Anand, MD, Mch, Orth
Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth is an orthopedic spine surgeon and Director of Spine Trauma at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. He is also a principal in the Anand Spine Group.
Dr. Anand's primary area of research interest involves minimally invasive surgical techniques for spinal disorders and trauma in adults and children, which result in smaller incisions, faster recovery and better patient outcomes. He is also actively involved in the development of emerging technologies involving non-fusion spinal surgery. Recently Dr. Anand has pioneered the utilization of three minimally invasive techniques to treat even the most complex of spinal deformity and scoliosis. He was and is a principal investigator in many FDA investigational device exemption studies.
We are proud to honor Dr. Neel Anand as this year’s Orthopedic Honoree.
Medical Co-Honorees: Dr. Dean Noritake, MD and Dr. Irene Tong, MD
Both Dr. Noritake and Dr. Tong are board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and both are on staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital and Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Tong is a Keck School of Medicine (USC) Clinical Professor. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese and is married and has 3 wonderful children, whom she adores.
Dr. Noritake serves on the teaching staff for the Huntington Hospital residency program. He previously served on the Arthritis Foundation Medical and Education Committee, as well as the Medical and Scientific Committee.
Dr. Tong and Dr. Noritake have been in practice for more than 30 years in Pasadena, CA.
Name: Debbie Martin, Development Director