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Published on February 8th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Missy Moosbrugger and daughter Mallory finds support by volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation

LEXINGTON, SC- Missy Moosbrugger has an 8 year old daughter, Mallory, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 2 ½. Mallory was the youth honoree for the 2013 Lexington Jingle Bell Run. Missy’s family first participated in the 2012 Lexington Jingle Bell Run as a way for their family and friends to show their support of Mallory and the Arthritis Foundation. The family knows that exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and they wanted to show Mallory and other children how fun it can be. “I have been a lifetime exerciser and I know the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. I love that the foundation promotes this lifestyle and thought it would be a great way for Mallory to learn about the importance of making good lifestyle exercise choices and have fun in the process” states Missy. As a result of that run and meeting staff and other families with kids that have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Missy knew that she wanted to become more involved in fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure and fund research. “I’m happy that I am helping to raise funds to fight arthritis and further research” said Missy.

Missy started getting involved by becoming a volunteer on the committee and then she was the committee chair last year. “Sometime as one person it can seem overwhelming when you think of your child suffering and are not sure what her life will hold in terms of comfort and disease progression, but having a place to go and be able to find encouraging stories plus education has been invaluable” Missy tells us.

There are many ways to get involved in fundraising to find a cure for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation’s hosts the Midlands Jingle Bell Run/Walk each December. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Jingle Bell Run committee along with Missy to help make the event a success. To become a committee member, contact Gerald Talley at 704-705-1799 or

Arthritis is unacceptable. It can be a crippling and life changing disease that can strike at any age. The prevalence of arthritis or chronic joint symptoms is surging and affecting approximately 1.2 million adults & 4,000 children in South Carolina.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 50 million Americans living with Arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has many service points, including those located in the Mid Atlantic Region: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $400 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.

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