2021 Jingle Bell Run Honorees


Emma Christofferson
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Emma was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) in the summer of 2015 when she was 18 months old. It was a sudden and shocking diagnosis, with her mom initially seeking treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital for what was thought to be a sprained ankle after a weekend of exploring and walking by the river in Cle Elum. Five and a half years later, several swollen and affected joints, numerous procedures, and weekly injections find Emma as fierce and strong as ever. Em wishes to advocate for other young children experiencing pain and wants them to know they are not alone. 

To join Emma in the fight against arthritis or to donate please visit her personal fundraising page.


Jeff Carlin, MD
Medical Honoree

Dr. Carlin has practiced rheumatology for 40+ years and in the course of his career, he has seen a revolution in therapy for arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Carlin says, “We are literally changing patient’s lives.” Dr. Carlin joined the Arthritis Foundation Western Regional Medical Advisory Board because he is passionate about bringing affordable and exceptional medications to patients.