It’s a double WIN for CARRA and The Arthritis Foundation when you join a local Jingle Bell Run team: Whichever Jingle Bell Run team you create or join, the monies raised from your team will not only support your local Jingle Bell Run's fundraising goal, but it will count towards CARRA’s overall fundraising goal as a National Team. Supporting this event is a “WIN WIN” situation: we WIN by impacting our local communities that both organizations support, and we WIN by supporting the Arthritis Foundation on a national platform. 

Here’s how you can support our role as a National Team for this year’s Jingle Bell Run:  

The Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is a research network of pediatric rheumatology health and research professionals who have joined together to conduct research to answer critical questions about pediatric rheumatic diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and dermatomyositis. Our mission is to conduct collaborative research to prevent, treat and cure pediatric rheumatic diseases. 

We have created a network of pediatric rheumatology research centers across (primarily) North America that work together on research studies like the CARRA Registry, a long-term observational study which seeks to enroll more than 10,000 patients and follow them for at least 10 years. CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation have collaborated for two decades to bring cutting edge research to rare childhood rheumatic diseases. The partnership focuses on the power of professional and patient networks to solve the most pressing problems faced by families. This collaboration builds research that gives a voice in the development of treatments, and programs offered in communities and at the national level. We are grateful for the Arthritis Foundation’s generous financial support which not only continues to make the Registry possible, but has been instrumental in our ability to provide important research grants to our pediatric rheumatology investigators. 

When we work together, we increase the number of children who participate in studies and reduce the amount of time it takes to reach valuable conclusions which will advance the health and quality of life of children living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

Learn more about CARRA and our research at https://carragroup.org.