2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Jennifer Summerlin Hobson
Corporate Chair

Jennifer Summerlin Hobson is the proud daughter of this year’s Adult Honoree, Terry Summerlin. Jennifer has been involved with the Arthritis Foundation since she was a young child, appearing on numerous telethons and the subject of a nationwide publication written by her mother Terry.

Jennifer’s mother had her first joint replacement when Jennifer was only two years old, and subsequently has had almost every joint in her body replaced or fused.

In 2005, Jennifer and her husband came up with the idea and hosted the first ever Bone Bash, now a nationwide fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.

Jennifer is passionate about finding a cure for arthritis and new drugs and technology to ease the pain of those who suffer with this disease.

Jennifer is a 2004 graduate from the University of Memphis school of law.  She sells real estate with her husband Joel Hobson and is the proud mother of two young sons and an active volunteer throughout the Memphis community.

To support Jennifer, please visit "Terry and the Hobson Holly Jollies"  fundraising page today!

James H. Beaty, M.D.
Professor UT Campbell Clinic
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Honoree

“It is my great privilege to serve as the Medical Honoree this year,” said Dr. Jim Beaty.  “The Arthritis Foundation is committed to great research and clinical advances that can find cures for all arthritis and improve the quality of life for millions of people.” 

Dr. Beaty’s lifelong interest in Pediatric Orthopaedics and the many children and adolescents with arthritis come together with the mission of the Arthritis Foundation.  “I am truly honored,” he said.

Dr. Beaty served as Chief of Staff at the Campbell Clinic from 2001 to 2010 and is currently Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Tennessee–Campbell Clinic, in Memphis, Tennessee.

A Georgia native, a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine in Memphis, did his Residency at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedics and his Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at the Alfred I. duPont Institute in Wilmington, DE.

Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Beaty has served as the President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the AAOS Orthopaedic Learning Center and the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Beaty has edited eight textbooks, authored 60 book chapters, and published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has given many scientific presentations and held visiting professorships both nationally and internationally.

The recipient of a number of honors and awards, Dr. Beaty was selected to complete the American Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellowship in 1984 and the American Orthopaedic Association’s prestigious American-British-Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship in 1991.  Additional honors include the POSNA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012 and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, Centennial Year 2011.

His family includes his wife, Terry (an R.N.), son, Eric, an Executive at Financial Federal, and daughter, Meredith, oncology nurse at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Terry Summerlin
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

For nearly five decades, Terry Summerlin has lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Diagnosed at 16, she has spent her entire adult life battling the pain and limitations of the disease. Despite obstacles RA brings, Terry is determined to live life to the fullest and encourage others to live their best possible lives as well. She’s a Champion of Yes, helping our Memphis, TN, office make everyday victories possible for those living with arthritis.

Terry has been an instrumental volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation for 30 years. She pioneered west Tennessee’s first support groups for arthritis and also trained leaders so they could start other groups throughout the state. From heading committees focused on engaging those in her community to planning events to help raise funds to find a cure, Terry is always working hard to make a difference for people affected by arthritis.

“Helping others is an important mission for me,” says Terry. “Whether it’s promoting awareness of the disease, supporting events to help find a cure or meeting with my congressional representatives to advocate for better access and affordability to biologics, I am committed to making sure that every person with arthritis has the opportunity to live their best possible life.”

Terry is an Ambassador for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) out of Washington, DC, and a member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council.  In addition, she teaches medical students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center about daily living with arthritis and how to examine patients with the disease.

 “Living with arthritis doesn’t mean giving in or giving up,” says Terry. “I’ve learned to never let arthritis stand in the way of my dreams, and I want to help others learn how to thrive despite the limitations arthritis often brings. By working with the Arthritis Foundation, I’m able to prove that arthritis doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love or fighting for better tomorrows.”

To support Terry, please visit "Terry and the Hobson Holly Jollies"  fundraising page today!

Trey McDonald
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Dupree and Will McDonald welcomed their first son on May 2, 2007. Trey was a happy baby and hit all developmental milestones.  Soon after Christmas, Trey’s parents started noticing some regression-not pulling up on the side of the crib, not bearing weight in his legs when they held him up, and even seemingly being in pain when his legs straightened.

Dupree took Trey to an after-hour pediatric night clinic and were sent home knowing he didn’t have a broken leg and it was “probably” nothing. That answer was not satisfactory for his parents, and they were back to see Trey’s doctor in the morning. After a thorough examination, Trey’s pediatrician sent him to Campbell Clinic to rule out possible diagnoses. Dr. Jim Beaty was instrumental in navigating a frightening situation for the young parents. His examination, x-rays, and tests led them to an immunologist who diagnosed Trey with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in February of 2008. Trey was the youngest, male patient that the physician had ever diagnosed.  He went on to refer Trey to a rheumatologist at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where he is currently a patient.

For the over 10 years battle with arthritis, Trey has had multiple joint injections on two occasions, a five night hospital stay from complications of a joint injection, physical therapy, injectable medication, oral medication, and joint pain and stiffness. He is a happy child that does not let arthritis stop him. He enjoys going to school and church, playing sports and piano, reading, and being with his family and friends. Trey’s laugh is contagious and he could engage in hours of conversation with friends and strangers age 3-103!

Money raised through events like the Jingle Bell Run can, do, and will have an impact for children and adults living with arthritis. When Trey was first diagnosed his doctor had 2-3 medications that she was prescribing to patients with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Research has doubled to tripled that number of medications available for him. Money raised fuels research that in turn leads to more and better treatments and an eventual cure for arthritis!

To support Trey, please visit "Trey's Gingerbread Joggers"  fundraising page today!

Harley Smith
Animal Honoree

In March of 2008, Bobby and Theresa Smith stopped by Bumpus Harley Davidson to pick up a birthday gift. Bartlett Animal Shelter was there for an adoption day. As they walked in, they noticed the puppies and one caught their eye. When they left for home they didn’t even make the block before they turned around. Harley Marie and her siblings had been abandoned in a ditch at only a couple weeks old. She was the most adorable puppy! They put her in Theresa’s arms and she didn’t put her down for the next couple of hours. As Harley got used to her new home and siblings, her wonderful personality came out. She loved to chase tennis balls in the front yard and was always game for tug of war with Bobby. She breezed through obedience school and was very patient as Bobby and Theresa struggled to keep up with her. The legal papers say they adopted Harley but she really adopted them.

In 2014, while playing on the golf course behind their house, Harley’s leg got wrapped in a rope marker. She cried, which is something she had never done. They took her to Dr. Renai Mansel and Dr. Williams at Cloverleaf Animal Clinic. They were relieved to know nothing was broken. They were warned about arthritis causing her problems in the future. As Harley got older, they noticed she would limp after a walk or after playing in the yard. Weather changes seemed to cause pain as well. Arthritis was diagnosed at her next vet visit. The doctors gave them advice on how to keep Harley healthy and active while managing her pain.  Bobby’s parents put in a pool 2 years ago. Harley watched their dog swim and before long she was getting in the pool and swimming laps. They noticed she began moving around with less pain often acting like a puppy again.

The Smith’s are thrilled that Harley is being honored by Arthritis Foundation and thankful for all of their research. Harley looks forward to meeting everyone at the Jingle Bell Run!

To support Harley, please visit "Team Harley Bella" fundraising page today!

 

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