BJ Farrell was born and raised in Southern Indiana. Married for 39 years to Steve Farrell, they are the parents of 5 children and 4 very special grandchildren and 10 fabulous “fur” babies. BJ first began as a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation in 2005 and later joined the Southern Indiana Arthritis Foundation as a board member. In 2006 she became the Branch Director for the office in Evansville, Indiana eventually transferring to the Indianapolis office as Director of Development and then later as the Director of Special Events. She currently serves as the Chief Deputy for Warrick County.
She has remained involved in different non-profits over her career but has remained focused on the Arthritis Foundation and its mission. BJ is excited to be the Sponsorship Chair for the 2018 Jingle Bell Run and looks forward to all of the challenges it presents to engage corporations and educate them more about the Arthritis Foundation and its mission.
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Moges Sisay, MD
Dr. Moges Sisay is a rheumatologist in Evansville, Indiana and is affiliated with Deaconess Hospital. He received his medical degree from Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Sisay presented the Arthritis Foundation’s “Living Your Yes with RA” dinner in 2017. His team at the Rheumatology, Arthritis, and Immunnology Clinic in Evansville are all excited to support the Jingle Bell Run!
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Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Adult Honoree
Brian Taylor was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 12. After years of battling the disease he was faced with a decision to go into a wheelchair or endure surgeries. He has had both hips, both knees, left shoulder, left elbow and all the knuckles in his hands replaced. He is currently 47 years old and leads an active lifestyle with his wife, 4 kids and 2 grandchildren. He works full-time at Product Acceptance and Research and has participated in the FDA Patient Representative program for arthritis, served on the Evansville Arthritis Foundation board, is the Indiana 8th district ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, and has helped with many events including the Jingle Bell Run since 2006. After all he has been through, he would not change a thing because it has made him who he is today and would love to see a cure one day so that other children would not have to go through the pain.
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Ashley Cardinal Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Ashley Cardinal is 13 years old and lives in Newburgh, IN. Ashley was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, meaning she has arthritis in 4 or more joints in her body. When she was 18 months old, her parents, Dale and Michele, noticed her swollen knee and toes. Ashley was limping and would wake up crying from naps. She has been on medication to manage her arthritis and was in remission at 11 years old until her fingers started showing more swelling. She is currently not showing any active arthritis and will hopefully go off of medication again next year! Despite her arthritis, Ashley is very active in dance and loves her school, Castle North Middle School. She also loves her cat, Ed! Ashley would like everyone to know that “You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it. Don't let the pain bring you down. It will lead to success. Turn your pain into power”. Ashley and her family participate in the Jingle Bell Run every year, and she is excited to be the youth honoree for 2018!
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