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Money Raised
Team Fundraising Goal: $3,000.00
Total Raised: $2,028.00

Members Recruited
Recruitment Goal: 6
Members Recruited: 5


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Brianna is in the 4th grade thru homeschools and is this year's Younger Youth
Honoree for the Jingle Bell Run. She enjoys being active in her community thru 4H and her Church youth group where she helps feed the homeless once a month. She loves spending time with her 3 cats, 2 dogs and 1 bunny.

When Brianna was 6 years old she started having pain in her knees and shoulder after a prolonged illness with hand, foot and mouth disease. She was having so much pain in her knees she wasnít able to participate in P. E. and her dad had to help her get in and out of the car as she couldnít step up or down. At this point her parents knew there must be something more going on. They took her to her Peds and he said to rest for a few a weeks and call if it didnít improve. After a few weeks without improvement her parents took her to an Orthopedist. The Orthopedist took x-rays and ruled out a tumor of any type. He ordered blood work and sent Brianna off to the Rheumatologist. The Rheumatologist took a look at her knees and the amount of swelling and ordered more blood work as well as an ultrasound of her shoulder.
The Rheumatologist reached the diagnosis of HLA-B27+ with Enthesitis Related Arthritis.

Brianna arthritis is mostly controlled with medication she continues to have issues with flares. She had to stop doing karate shortly after she was diagnosed but has started doing yoga to stay strong and flexible.

Brianna recently began getting involved with the Arthritis Foundation. Brianna feels strongly that she wants to give back to the community and help other kids with Arthritis. She has talked about becoming a Pediatric Rheumatologist. You can help Brianna by joining her team and participating in the Jingle Bell Run or making a donation to help find a cure for her and others suffering with arthritis.


Team Members:
Total Raised$2,028.00  
General Team Donation$1,243.00  
Kathleen Nichols$165.00  
Brianna Nichols$500.00  
   Christian Nichols$40.00  
   Kristin nichols$40.00  
   Liam Nichols$40.00  

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Special Thanks to:
Francis P Chiaramonte, JR Martial Trust - DBA ProFlex Physical Therapy Logo