Meet our 2013 Roanoke Jingle Bell Run Hero!


Meet Abby Holbrook.  A swollen knee while swimming was the first symptom in a juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis at age 5.  Abby was put on medication to control the swelling but her joints and bones on one leg are slightly bigger than the other.  Following the diagnosis, she also had to have her vision checked every 3 months to make sure her eyesight was not affected by the arthritis.

Now a Fourth Grader at Glade Hill Elementary School, Abby is a very active little girl who plays basketball and softball during school.  During the summer she is out on the Lake having fun with jet skiiing, paddle boating, and kayaking.  Of course she is always on her bike, playing with her brother and sister.

As of today, Abby has been medicine free for two years and has had no flare up of her Arthritis!  Abby stays very active in other organizations to raise money for those in need.  She and her family celebrate during the Jingle Bell Run/Walk becaue she is winning the battle against Arthritis!

When she grows up, Abby wants to become a Veterinarian.  What has Abby learned from having JRA? “I learned how to give… someone is always struggling, hurting, and needing more than you!" Show your support for Abby and her inspiring story by raising awareness and funds for Arthritis this Jingle Bell Run season!