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Join Team Smokey for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis


(News release from the Arthritis Foundation)  

Knoxville, Tn. The  23rd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will bring Knoxville together on December 14th to raise funds to fight and cure arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. This holiday-themed event will be held at Market Square from 8:30 a.m. 11: 00 a.m. The Arthritis Foundation expects more than 2,200 participants to take part in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk this year.

          Dr. Daryl Millis, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine orthopedic surgeon and canine sports medicine specialist, poses with Smokey X at the Jingle Bell walk/run kickoff

The 2013 medical honoree, Dr. Darryl Millis, recently hosted the corporate kick-off event at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine followed by a tour of the new small and large animal hospital at the UT Veterinary Medical Center. Not only is Dr. Millis a wonderful small animal orthopedic surgeon and advocate for animals with arthritis, he also shared the personal struggles of his sister-in-law. "The topic of arthritis is important to me not only on a professional level with the patients that I see, but also a personal level. My sister-in-law was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a teenager.  I have watched her battle this disease, with lifestyle changes, medications, and joint replacement surgery," explained Millis.


At the kick-off event Dr. Millis said, "One in 4 people in Tennessee have some form of arthritis, with nearly 6,000 of these being children.  There is someone very close to you that has one of the more than 100 forms of arthritis.  Maybe it's a spouse, sibling, parent, neighbor, coworker, or even yourself.  Or maybe it's your dog, because 1 in 5 dogs have arthritis.  Clearly this is a huge issue affecting our community, and the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation is a local event that can directly help people in our area that cope with arthritis on a daily basis, and work toward improved treatments and a cure by funding research." 


Dr. Millis works with one of the most important dogs on the University of Tennessee campus, Smokey.  Smokey IX developed an ACL tear in the fall of 2011.  "Although the surgery to stabilize the knee was successful, there is an ongoing need to continue to work to slow the progression of osteoarthritis.  Weight control, regular exercise, and medications as needed are all used to help maintain his knee in winning form," says Dr. Millis.


Smokey has been chosen as this years dog honoree because dogs get arthritis, too! Help "Team Smokey" at this year's Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Click here to join Smokey's team, "Team Smokey" to help Smokey and Dr. Millis find a cure for arthritis! You can also create your own team at


As the nation's largest holiday race series, the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis offers a ten kilometer timed fun run, five kilometer timed fun run and a one-mile walk with other activities for the entire family. To learn more about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis or to register your team today, visit!




Posted: 11-14-13 Viewed: 23857 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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