2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

 

Romy Jove Cabacunga, M.D.
Medical Honoree


After completing Internal Medicine residency training, Dr. Cabacungan was a practicing Hospitalist and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He then completed his Fellowship in Rheumatology at UNM where he was Co-Chief Fellow. Dr. Cabacungan joined Arizona Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates (AARA) in its Tucson location and is committed to providing quality rheumatologic care for the people of Arizona.

Dr. Cabacungan is married with 3 beautiful children. He finds great satisfaction in volunteering in the community by mentoring at Big Brothers & Big Sisters and fundraising for March of Dimes March for Babies. He also loves spending time with his family; and enjoys tennis and golf.  Dr. Cabacungan is very excited to be this year’s medical honoree for the Jingle Bell Run and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation.


Bachelors of Science in Business Administration – University of California at Riverside – Riverside, CA
Doctor of Medicine – Fatima College of Medicine – Philippines
Residency in Internal Medicine – University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
Fellowship in Rheumatology – University of New Mexico –Albuquerque, NM
Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology
Board Certification in Internal Medicine
Board Certification  in Rheumatology


Technical Sergeant Andrea Romo
Air National Guard
Military Honoree


Andrea was born in Tucson, Arizona and attended Marana High School in Marana, Arizona. From 2004-2008 she served in a civilian capacity supporting the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Europe as a Family Resource Advisor. During this time, she provided pre-Deployment and Post Deployment stabilization for the Unit. She facilitated multiple events for spouses and single soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After this experience she knew public service was her future and enlisted into the Air National Guard in 2010; where she currently serves on active duty. In addition to being an Intelligence Professional, Andrea is a Recruiter for the 162d Wing in Tucson AZ. Serving has been rewarding and fulfilling as it mirrors her core values, not only as a community member but also as an Airman and Non-Commissioned Officer.

Education and Awards

  • 2011 Basic military training; Lackland AFB and Intelligence Operation course at Goodfellow AFB
  • 2014 Airman Leadership School – Recipient: John Levitow Award - highest award presented at ALS. Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter in 2014
  • 214th Reconnaissance Group (RG), awarded multiple accolades including; the 12th Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Outstanding Air Reserve Component ISR Airman of the Year, Outstanding Air Reserve Component ISR Airman of The Year and Airman of the Quarter for the 214th RG
  • 2015 Directors Challenge Award for exceeding recruiting goal
  • 2015 Earned the Prestigious Eagle Award (Recruiting) for 125% accession rate
  • 2016 awarded Region 1 Top Accession Production Recruiter for the AZ Air National Guard
  • Military decorations include: Air Force Commendation Medal with one device, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 ‘M’ device

Rian Davis
Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree


My name is Rian Davis. I live in Tucson and am 13 years old. I think I’m like most teenage girls who love to do lots of things and hang out with friends. When I was thirteen months old my mom noticed I was having a hard time walking and started to combat crawl. She took me to Tucson Medical Center where I underwent several tests. A Rheumatologist was consulted and diagnosed me with Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. That means I have arthritis in most my joints. This year alone I’ve been on injections, and other medications. I had to go to TMC hospital the end of March 2018 to have cortisone injections in my knees, ankles and hips to relieve the pain and inflammation in my joints.  I have good days and bad; with the help of the Arthritis Foundation, I’m learning how to live with arthritis.

I love having the Arthritis Foundation in my life because it’s a great way to meet other kids like me. We get to go to Camp Cruz during the summer where we have lots of fun and get extra education about our diagnosis. We also go to Camp Ila in the fall which is a family camp where the whole family learns how to deal with arthritis as a family.  

The reason we created the “A Team” and participate in Jingle Bell Run is to raise money to help support the Arthritis Foundation.  Without the Jingle Bell Run we may not have Camp Cruz or Camp Ila to go to. I know that the Arthritis Foundation does so much more than offer camps to kids, but the most important part to me is realizing I'm not alone in my fight against Arthritis and I found that out at camp!  

 

 

 

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