2018 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

Jaime Bremerkamp
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Corporate Chair

For Jaime Bremerkamp, a litigation attorney with the St. Louis law firm of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C., and her husband, Justin, starting their family was wonderful and much anticipated. But a few weeks after the birth of their first child, Jaime was bothered by several odd symptoms. Her eyebrows fell out and she frequently experienced “pins and needles” sensations in her hands, feet and face. The issues weren’t major or debilitating and the couple thought little of them, especially after the symptoms vanished when Jaime became pregnant with their second son a few months later. Unfortunately, just weeks after their second child was born, the odd symptoms returned. Her little finger went numb and stayed numb. Soon, both hands were numb and weak, and she was no longer capable of holding either baby. Jaime’s doctors ran a battery of tests but couldn’t come up with a diagnosis. Before long, Jaime could barely walk or hold a pen, was extremely weak and fatigued, yet still had no answers. Finally, additional testing revealed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Jaime began her path to treatment and her fight against RA.

Today, Jaime’s condition is very well managed, in large part due to the breakthroughs in RA treatment supported by the Arthritis Foundation. Her high energy level has returned, and she is loving every moment with her husband and two young boys and very much enjoys her work as a litigation attorney. Shortly after her diagnosis, “Jaime’s Rheummates” banded together in support of the Arthritis Foundation and Jaime’s fight against arthritis. Jaime is thrilled to serve as the Corporate Chair for the 2018 Jingle Bell Run – an event she knows first-hand makes a world of difference for those facing the challenges of living with arthritis. 

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Foot Healers
Medical Honoree

When arthritis affects the joints of the foot, it can make a range of common, everyday activities difficult or even impossible. Foot Healers is a full-service podiatry clinic, led by the best team of podiatrists with a total commitment to keeping your feet healthy – and keeping you happy. They use a combination of the latest medical technology and good old-fashioned patient care to meet your foot health needs. It’s the kind of one-on-one classic care that’s hard to find in today’s fast paced world.

Foot Healers has six convenient clinics in the St. Louis area – Ballwin/Valley Park, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, and Webster/Shrewsbury and treat anything with the foot and ankle. When it comes to foot pain, arthritis is one of the most prominent concerns specifically because the feet bear all of the weight of the body. Arthritis and impact injuries are very common in the feet and ankles. Foot Healers supports the Arthritis foundation and are always hoping to find better treatments for their patients.

Join or donate to the Foot Healers today!


Amy Sams
Psoriatic Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Since childhood, Amy has always had problems with her knees, back, and hips. in high school she gave up playing softball due to continuing problems, always thinking it was “overuse” and old injuries. At 20, she became an EMT and tried to overcome her pain by trying to stay in shape. Unfortunately, a back injury at work revealed thinning of her discs in her vertebrae. At the age of  23, she had her first knee surgery.

After Amy’s son was born, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s, doctors also thought she may have a form of fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis since she was still having so many other problems. During this time, she saw various kinds of specialists, who were still unable to diagnosis her. A few years later, she started to have signs of psoriasis after an infusion for Crohn’s. It triggered severe rashes and caused joint failure which led her to fall often. Due to the severity of the problems, she had to quit working for her own safety.

In 2016, a new doctor finally diagnosed her with psoriatic arthritis. It had gone undiagnosed for so long that it caused severe deterioration in her spine, knees, and hips. She is much healthier and able to live a more active lifestyle now. She has continued her work as a paramedic and is the Medical Operations Supervisor at CSL Plasma. She is proud of where she works since the plasma collected is used to fight auto-immune diseases and immunodeficiency. She is grateful for her family who gives her the courage to keep on moving every day. She is honored to be the 2018 Jingle Bell Run Adult Honoree bringing awareness to this disease that has affected her entire life.

Join Amy in the fight against arthirtis, regsiter or donate today!


Juniper McGuire
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Juniper, who is affectionately called Juni, is a silly, spunky, smart two-year-old girl with a lot of happiness. Juni loves playing at the park, swimming at Grammy’s, watching movies, and reading books with her parents!

In September 2017, three months away from her second birthday, Juni was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). After months of unexplained pain, regression in her ability to walk, and many visits with specialists, an MRI finally revealed Juni was experiencing substantial inflammation in her knee, ankles, and fingers. Shortly thereafter, Juni began treatment, and despite a few ups and downs along the way, she is handling her diagnosis like the champ she is! She recently began wearing orthotics, or “magic shoes,” to assist in the realignment of her young joints.

Juniper brings a great deal of joy to those who know her, and she continues to fight this disease that no child should ever experience. Please help us in supporting the Arthritis Foundation by joining or donating to Juniper’s 2018 Jingle Bell Run Team – Juni’s Elves!  Your support means the world to us and will contribute to the ongoing research efforts to find a cure! 

 

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