2021 Jingle Bell Run Honorees


Allison Starnes-Anglea
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Allison Starnes-Anglea was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis her sophomore year of high school. She experienced widespread joint swelling, continuous pain, and fatigue. With medication and a new knee joint, Allison makes the best of an uncomfortable daily life. “Just keep moving” is Allison’s motto for pain management. She enjoys paddle-boarding, barre classes, and low impact yoga. “Though I modify most exercises, I know consistent movement is the best thing for my joints. Without regular movement, I turn into the Tin Man without his oil can!”

Allison and her husband, Cody, have an adorable 3-year-old. Allison is the Director of Career Services at a local law school.


Polyarticular, RF Negative
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Teen Honoree

Nathan is excited and humbled to have been chosen as the 2021 Jingle Bell Run Teen Honoree.

Nathan is a healthy and strong athlete today, but despite his passion for sports, his diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and subsequently Crohn’s disease threatened his potential to participate in sports at all. Nathan was diagnosed in June 2014 with polyarticular, RF negative JIA after a long period of declining health and pain. It took 18 months and numerous doctor visits to identify that over 13 of Nathan’s joints were affected by the disease. Nathan responded well to treatment and persevered to get back to an active lifestyle.


Aleaha Williams
System Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Child Honoree

At the age of 4, Aleaha was diagnosed with system onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA). What started as a fever eventually turned into a rash, swollen joints, and pain in her wrist and knees. After a trip to Children’s Hospital and meeting with rheumatologist Dr. Brett Smith, Aleaha began her journey fighting SJIA. Her treatment started with steroids and infusions. She continued infusions for six months but then had a relapse of joint pain in her spine and knees. Since changing medication, Aleaha has been acting like her normal self.  Aleaha has experienced minor flare-ups but is in better condition overall.