2021 Jingle Bell Run Honorees


Cynthia Elliott, MD
Associate Director
North Georgia Rheumatology Group
Northside Gwinnett Hospital
Medical Honoree  

Dr. Cynthia Lawrence Elliott's practice promotes advances in rheumatology therapeutic modalities and diagnostic imaging (e.g., ultrasound) to diagnose acute and chronic rheumatic diseases. Her practice participates in active research: Sjogren’s Syndrome, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. She encourages community awareness of autoimmune diseases support groups, and patient advocacy through the Arthritis Foundation, American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, and other organizations. Dr. Elliott supports the opportunity to increase early recognition and improve treatment outcomes of patients with autoimmune diseases.

Support Dr. Elliott and Team BONZeze by visiting their fundraising page today.


Maria Marino
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree  

Maria was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2009. In 2016, Maria decided she wanted to have an even bigger voice in shaping healthcare policies. To help make a difference she joined the Arthritis Foundation as an advocate in the State of Georgia and recently became the Georgia Vice Chair of Advocacy. She is highly active in getting more people involved in contacting their State and Federal Congress members and advocating bills to help make patient care more accessible. Fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation keeps healthcare issues front and center, allowing the Arthritis Foundation to pass bills that patients deem necessary to make their lives easier.

To support Maria, please visit her team fundraising page!


Addie Freeman
Juvenile Arthritis
Teen Honoree  

Addie Freeman was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 15 months old, and uveitis when she was seven. As a dedicated volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation as well as a Junior Ambassador with the National office, she is passionate about raising awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. She created her own digital art business, Art by Addie, where half of the proceeds are donated to the Arthritis Foundation.

Addie is a high school junior, a member of her school’s cross country and track teams and is currently Miss International City’s Outstanding Teen 2022. She can’t wait to jingle with y’all this December! 

To support Addie, please visit her team fundraising page!


Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Child Honoree  

Meet Khalil, he’s 9 yrs. old. He was diagnosed with Systemic JIA at the age of 5. For the last 3 years he’s been in remission, but that doesn’t stop him from striving to raise awareness and funds for the foundation that has been such a great support to him and his family.

To support Khalil, please visit his team fundraising page!