2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Shelvy L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Marshall University
Corporate Chair

Dr. Shelvy L. Campbell develops diversity and inclusion programming, community outreach and partnerships for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall University School of Pharmacy. In this role, she works to ensure a quality and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.

A veteran of higher education administration, Dr. Campbell has served in human resources, equity compliance, admissions, student financial assistance and student service positions at Marshall University for the past 25 years. She worked at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus for more than a decade as the Graduate Records and Admissions Supervisor. She also served for many years as the Civil Rights and Equity Compliance Administrator at West Virginia State University Gus R. Douglass Land Grant Institute.

Dr. Campbell is a member of several community, state and national organizational boards and councils including: Arthritis Foundation; Kanawha Valley Bureau of Senior Services; Charleston Family Resource Center; Charleston Schoenbaum Center; The National Office of Minority Health Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC); DHHR Newborn Hearing and Screening Advisory Board; and serves as the National Program Chair for the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME). Dr. Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia State University, a master’s degree in industrial and employee relations from Marshall University, an education specialist degree from Marshall, as well as a doctorate in higher education leadership from Capella University.

"On behalf of the Marshall University schools of medicine and pharmacy and Marshall Health, it is my privilege to serve as the 2018 Corporate Chair for the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. Our mission at Marshall is to improve the quality of health at every stage of life by enhancing access to top-tier health services, expertise and information. Our concern for health extends far beyond doctors’ offices and hospital rooms. We are dedicated to creating a healthier community through leading research, education and outreach. Giving back to our communities is an honor and a responsibility we’re proud of. We strive to make West Virginia a healthier place to live and work and look forward to partnering with the Arthritis Foundation in raising awareness of a debilitating disease as well as spreading the word about services and medical breakthroughs that are helping those in the communities we serve maintain active lifestyles.

The Arthritis Foundation leads the fight for the arthritis communities through life-changing information resources, support of key public policy and advocacy efforts at the local and national levels, all of which make the difference in millions of people living with arthritis. I look forward to the opportunity to make an impact in the fight against arthritis through Jingle Bell Run."

Magdalene "Maggie" Ballengee
Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Maggie was diagnosed with Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in October 2016. She presented with a single swollen knee for one week accompanied by a fever that was still present after swelling reduced. Having a few family members with Rheumatoid Arthritis, her parents suspected this diagnosis in the back of their minds but was hesitant to mention, assuming it was just an injury that would heal on its own. After 2 weeks of low grade fever, irritability, and sleeplessness they decided to make a trip to the pediatrician with thoughts of a possible ear infection or virus. The doctor felt Maggie may have had a virus and as she was about to complete the visit, her parents told the doctor about the one week long swollen knee, wondering if there was any relationship. Sure enough, after examination of the knee, Maggie was sent for bloodwork and to a pediatric rheumatologist for further examination. The weeks that followed (before treatment started) Maggie rarely slept through the night, would crawl to her parent's bedroom some mornings filled with tears and limped after sleeping/naps. There were a few episodes where, after a nap, she was in so much pain and discomfort that she could not stand on her legs at all. They had many tear filled days, tantrums and hugs, as Maggie was just barely 2 years old and had trouble relaying her discomfort to them. Maggie quickly developed 2 more affected joints but after the first treatment they were able to delay progression of other joints. It's now been over a year and Maggie has tried several different treatment plans that were ineffective but did help to slow the disease activity and lower inflammation. Her family prays for remission and the strength to endure the unpredictability of this disease. Until then, they hope Maggie's story will spread awareness and impact lives around her. She's a strong girl with an amazing personality that brightens a room and doesn't let anything slow her down!

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Krystal Smith 
Adult Honoree

Krystal Smith is a native of Kanawha County, WV. For the past 20 years she has been an advocate and supporter of arthritis initiatives. Growing up, Krystal developed arthritis with she was 18 years of age, primarily from injuries and being an active participant in sports.  She currently promotes the mission of the Arthritis Foundation by being a voice for children and adults that have similar experiences. 

The prevalence of arthritis rising in children is profound in our country.  More resources are needed for research and other methods of treatment with the growing numbers of people diagnosed with arthritis across the life span.  "It is an honor and a privilege to be included in such a worthy event such as the Jingle Bell Run. The Arthritis Foundation is to be commended for their indebted leadership in the movement to help people with the ever-changing condition.  Constant support from everyone is needed for people living with arthritis, because most people know at least one person who has been effected by it."


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