ROSE ALTOMARIAbout the volunteer: Mrs. Altomari is...


November 27, 1994


About the volunteer: Mrs. Altomari is coordinator of this year's Jingle Bell Run, an 8K run and 5K walk to benefit the Southern Maryland Branch Arthritis Foundation.

A resident of Glen Burnie, she has been active in the Arthritis Foundation as a client and volunteer for about five years. She enjoys staffing information booths at health fairs and assisting with the organization's support group.

Judy Stephens, a developmental associate with the foundation's Severna Park Office, wrote that Mrs. Altomari's "vibrant personality tends to mask the pain and limitation that accompany her life," but that "she is someone who instinctively knows how to make herself useful. She's so friendly, devoted to the cause . . . and persistent."

Volunteer's comments: "This is the fourth year I've worked for the Run. The first year I did some things, the next, a little more. Whenever I saw something that needed doing, I just did it. This year they [the Arthritis Foundation] said I was in charge."

She volunteers for the foundation because "my parents had arthritis so bad and I have three sisters who have it quite bad. You meet so many people having problems. People think it's just an old person's disease, but it's not."

About the event: The Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the B&A Trail adjacent to Marley Station. Participants can choose between an 8-kilometer run or 5-kilometer walk. Walking also will take place inside the shopping center.

Registration forms for individuals and teams can be picked up at Marley's information desk, at selected merchants or by contacting the Arthritis Foundation Severna Park Office at 714 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Jingle bells and T-shirts will be given to everyone with a $25 donation or pledges. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and top pledges will be awarded by a master of ceremonies. Activities also are scheduled for children.

Registration will be held the day of the event as well, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

About the organization: For more information about the Jingle Bell Run or programs and assistance the Arthritis Foundation offers, contact 544-5433.

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