2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Thomas Duffy, DO
Orthopedic Surgeon
Medical Honoree 

Thomas Duffy, DO, is an orthopedic surgeon and affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Dr. Duffy loves sports and wanted to be a doctor starting in third grade. He has now been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. He completed his residency at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and his fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital, Sports Medicine. Additionally, his internship and DO was completed at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Duffy knows no one should have to live with joint pain. He strives to deliver advanced, minimally invasive treatments from advanced diagnostics and surgery, through supportive rehabilitation. “Because people are living much longer and more active lives, we often try to postpone surgery with alternative treatments—like anti-inflammatory medicine, physical therapy or injections—and we see how things go.”

When surgery is necessary, “I feel it’s important to show my patients as soon as possible that their new knee moves well and that there’s nothing to fear about recovery,” says Dr. Duffy.

By night, Dr. Duffy works as the Camden Riversharks’ team physician. He attends most of the games, and if a player is injured, he determines if he can continue playing or if he needs further examination, whether that’s an X-ray or MRI. When physical therapy is required, Dr. Duffy works with the team trainer and performs the surgery if necessary. Doctor Duffy says this experience has helped him to diagnose a wide variety of conditions and understand how a serious athlete versus the weekend warrior responds to different treatments.

Emily Marshall
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree 

Emily is a tough and active little girl who was always trying to keep up with her older brothers. When she was 2 years old, she woke up one morning with pain and swelling in her knee. Her parents thought that she had just bumped it, and throughout the course of the day it got better. It happened again the next day. On the third day, she woke with so much pain that she couldn’t even walk, and her parents took her to the ER. After a normal x-ray and some abnormal blood work, Emily was referred to Rheumatology. At her first appointment with Rheumatology, she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and put on anti-inflammatory medication. The swelling continued and she received a series of three corticosteroid injections into her knee over the next six months. The swelling in her knee finally subsided, but inflammation was found in her jaw, and she was put on weekly injections of chemotherapy. After six months on the medication and a repeat MRI of her jaw, Emily and her family received the good news that inflammation was gone and she was in medicated remission!

Emily is six years old, in the 1st grade, and still trying to keep up with her brothers. Because of the medication she takes, some days that is easier than others. Emily says that when she grows up she wants to be “a doctor for babies in the hospital.” She and her family have participated in the Jingle Bell Run for the past three years because they want to raise awareness about JIA and help fund research to find a cure!

To support Emily, please visit her fundraising page today!


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