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Jingle Bell Run in Northville to Honor Dearborn Boy With Arthritis

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis this Saturday will honor 5-year-old Zach Fradkin of Dearborn.

Runners and walkers will race Saturday at Northville downs to support those diagnosed with arthritis. Credit: Arthritis Foundation
Runners and walkers will race Saturday at Northville downs to support those diagnosed with arthritis. Credit: Arthritis Foundation

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis is coming to Northville this Saturday, and will honor 5-year-old Zach Fradkin, of Dearborn, who was diagnosed at 18 months old with juvenile arthritis.

>>Learn more about him in the YouTube video above. 

Named one of the nation’s “21 Most Incredible Themed Races," the event will take place at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7, at Northville Downs on 301 S. Center Street.

The family-friendly running and walking event will raise money to help people with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, according to the Arthritis Foundation. More than 50 million Americans have arthritis including 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan.

Runners to wear costumes, jingle bells

Participants dress in their most creative holiday-themed costumes and tie bells to their shoes. The events include a chip-timed 5K run or walk and fun runs for kids. There will be a post-race celebration with refreshments, medals awarded to the top finishers in 13 age categories and prizes for best costume, largest team and biggest fundraiser. Proceeds from the race will support Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research throughout Michigan.

Individuals or teams can sign up by contacting the Arthritis Foundation of Michigan at (855) 529-2728 or online at www.arthritis.org/jbr.

The Arthritis Foundation will host another event Dec. 14 at Birmingham Covington School in Bloomfield, which includes a 10K run.

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