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Jamming at JAM: Sharing Care at Juvenile Arthritis March

The day started with Charles Dias, a PHS kid, starting this year’s Juvenile Arthritis March (JAM). He sounded an empty air horn, so he improvised and ended up yelling ‘GO’ into the microphone instead.

Not just another Saturday at the Mall of America

Groups dressed as doctors, Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Dr. Seuss characters), a team in camouflage “hunting” for a cure, and Charlie’s Angels, walked the mall, cheering each other on, collecting candy while enjoying music.

This was the annual JAM, held Saturday, March 5. This year’s event was a huge success, with more participants and funds raised than ever before. All funds go the Arthritis Foundation of the Upper Midwest, targeting research for juvenile arthritis. Charles was one of the top three fundraisers.

See photos of PHS and Charlie’s Angels at JAM

PHS’s Sharing Care volunteers, Lisa, Nick, Michael, Karen, Dana, Janelle and her three sons, were proud to join the march to support the Arthritis Foundation of the Upper Midwest. Charlie’s Angels were one of the most motivating teams on the route, loudly cheering on all the walkers. The event culminated with a performance by the Minnesota music group, Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

More on Charles’ Honorary Chairperson role

PHS was proud to JAM with Charles and so many other wonderfully generous marchers!

Originally published: March 11, 2011

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