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2024 Jingle Bell Run Honorees

 

Wendy De La Pena
Loma Linda University Health
Medical Honoreee


Bio Coming Soon 

 

Hafiz Kassam, MD
Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Medical Honoree


Dr. Hafiz Kassam specializes in shoulder and elbow joint replacement as well as advanced arthroscopy and traumatic reconstruction. He has authored more than 75 original scientific research studies, technique guides, and textbook chapters, and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery: Seminars in Arthroplasty. An avid sportsman himself, and having competed internationally as a ranked middleweight boxer, Dr. Kassam is passionate about continuing care for athletes. He is currently a Ringside Physician for USA Boxing and is regularly invited as a coverage physician for mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, and other combat sport events.

 

Jonah Arvizo
Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis
Youth Honoree


Jonah is an active and curious young boy who aspires to be a scientist and a basketball player. He wants people to know that he is just a “normal” 10-year-old kid, but also see his strength and resilience. In 2018, at just 4 years old, he developed a sudden limp and he lost the ability to move his finger. In January of 2019, he was given the diagnosis of juvenile polyarticular arthritis. Jonah hopes that his story will help to inspire others to unite to find new medications and treatment for kids with arthritis so that they too have the same opportunities to live pain-free, just like any other child.

 

Quinn Brennan
Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree


Quinn loves swimming, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends. At age four, Quinn started having unexplainable fevers, rashes, and body-wide inflammation to the point where she could hardly walk or use her hands. Finally, at age five, Quinn's diagnosis of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) was confirmed. Thanks to treatments, she can be a normal kid again and participate in her favorite sports, gymnastics and figure skating. It is our sincere wish that Quinn's story broadens awareness of this disease and that it spreads hope to others so that they know they are not alone.