“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this unprecedented opportunity from The Patterson Foundation,” said Anne Fair Forest, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation’s Florida Chapter. “The Patterson Foundation/Arthritis Foundation partnership, which begins with this match, will make a significant impact against the leading cause of disability in the country.”
Because Dorothy Patterson endured rheumatoid arthritis for many years, The Patterson Foundation selected Arthritis as one of its initiatives to honor the family heritage. The matching donations begin an endowment fund that will help move beyond the present to a world free of arthritis pain.
“In her later years, Dorothy Patterson lived with the debilitating effects of rheumatoid arthritis daily,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “As we honor her legacy through this initiative, we also strive to inspire innovative, collaborative and efficient philanthropy that will help the Florida Arthritis Foundation have greater impact.”
The festive Jingle Bell Run/Walk events will take place in seven cities across the state of Florida, including Pensacola Beach, Punta Gorda, Fort Walton Beach, Tampa, Bradenton, Orlando and Jacksonville. For more information or to register for a Jingle Bell Run/Walk near you, please visit www.arthritis.org/chapters/florida.
About The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is the leading health organization addressing the needs of the 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; supporting research and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fla., seeks to motivate others to think and act beyond today’s reality and strives to generate philanthropic impact by finding innovative ways to join together with individuals and entities. The Foundation’s ultimate work can be divided into two parts. The first is to transform communities by taking novel approaches to the challenges they face. The second is to provide relief to individuals during times of crisis. For more information, please visit www.ThePattersonFoundation.org .