December 1, 2011 (Newswire.com) - "Virtually Anytime, Virtually Anywhere" is the buzz surrounding the 2011 Florida Virtual Jingle Bell Run/Walk at the Arthritis Foundation, Florida Chapter. Participants can register online at http://www.FloridaJBRonline.kintera.org and will receive a "holiday kit" including a limited edition, long-sleeve t-shirt and festive shoelaces by mail.
"We're encouraging everyone to kick-off the holidays with this fun and festive event. Participate in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis and help move us closer to a world free of arthritis pain." said Anne Fair Forrest, President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation's Florida Chapter.
Registration is open to anyone, and participants are encouraged to form teams with friends, family members and coworkers to seek donations online. The virtual event provides an opportunity for those not able to attend a physical event to show their support for the cause.
Funds generated by the event will support summer camps for children with juvenile arthritis, community outreach, health education, local programs and research. The Florida Chapter is fighting hard to reduce the impact of arthritis in a state where one in every three people is affected.
The 2011 Virtual Jingle Bell Run/Walk is part of the "Exceed to Succeed" Challenge issued by The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fla., which will match dollar for dollar every dollar raised over and above what the event made last year.
Visit http://www.FloridaJBRonline.kintera.org to make a donation and have your friends do the same. The virtual event lasts throughout December.
More than five million Floridians and nearly 50 million people nationwide, including 300,000 children live with arthritis, making it the most common cause of disability in America. Arthritis also is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The impact of arthritis is slated to increase in the decades to come. An estimated 67 million people will be affected by 2030.