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



Patrick Thomas Prendergast
Adult Military Honoree

My name is Patrick Thomas Prendergast and I am a former United States Air Force Honor Guard Ceremonial Guardsman currently working for Fleet Feet Tucson as the Retail Experience Manager helping to inspire the runner in everyone in the local Tucson area!
I served with The United States Air Force from Aug 2008 through March 2012. Assigned to Bolling AFB, Washington, DC with The United States Air Force Honor Guard, my primary duties were to perform Military Honor Funerals in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. As a member of The United States Air Force Honor Guard, my main duty was to serve in the capacity of Body Bearer who carried the remains of the fallen and folded the flags to hand off to the next of kin, as well as Technical Instructor teaching new trainees how to perform the duties and responsibilities assigned to the unit. What we did was unique, it was important… It’s something that I know has a lasting impression with everyone who experiences it!
The relationships and memories that were created during my time in are truly invaluable… I was able to meet some of the most amazing people who became mentors shaping me into the man that I am today. Going through such hardship on such a regular basis you learn to really appreciate what you have and not take anything for granted. I think that is truly the mentality that has allowed me to experience such blessings in my professional career post military.
I would not be who I am had it not been for my time served, and I remind myself of that daily! I strive to be a light in people’s lives, one that helps people understand that life is fragile, and we should take each day as a blessing because tomorrow is not guaranteed!


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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