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Julie Ann Balcom


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Julie Ann (Williams) Balcom (50) passed away on June 12, 2016 from heart failure.  She was born September 23, 1965 at Navy Hosp. Paris Island, South Carolina. Preceding her in death was her father Staff Sgt. Roscoe J. Williams USMC, cousin Jonathan C. Landrum, and uncle Calvin Landrum.  Julie is survived by husband L. Charles Balcom; daughter Mary Ann (Eric) Martinez; mother Janet Roemer; sisters Mary (James) Prentice, Minette Merritt, Amy (Michael) Mulcreevy; nephews Roscoe Merritt,  Liam Dykhouse, Clyde Dykhouse, and niece Cliona Mulcreevy. Julie was forever happy and helpful, sometimes teasing her sisters, drawing or playing with her horse (Jack) as a teen.  She rode Jack in many parades where she could make him rear and whistle, which made other horses nervous.  Julie always loved a joke and provoking laughter.  For an art class project Julie and others were each assigned a 6 foot long wall section to create a mural in the elementary school.  Julie chose a Smurf Village with homes, businesses, and people doing all sorts of activities.  In 10th grade she was a Brownie Scout Leader. In her senior year she had a one person art show at a local college and was accepted at Julliard School of the Arts. In order to be closer to home Julie attended Ferris University majoring in commercial art for one year. She then worked at several manufacturing jobs.  As early onset arthritis advanced she moved to California for better weather.  For several years she worked at Woods & Waters Campground as a maintenance person where she enjoyed her talent for fixing things.  Julie injured her back and began working as security guard and care person for the elderly.  Julie enjoyed this job the most, saying, it was the best job she’d ever had. Julie will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends.   A celebration of life was held in the church where Julie loved to sing, with Pastor Mike Murphy and friends at the Aguanga Christian Fellowship Church on June 25, 2016.  A grave side memorial will be held at the family plot, on Aug. 13th at 2 p.m., led by Pastor Jim Barnhart, from Wesley Chapel, Midland, Michigan.   Julie will rest with her grandparents, uncle, and cousin in Middlebranch Township Cemetery, 7 miles West of U.S.10 on East 14 Mile Rd., off of M-66.

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Walk to cure arthritis at John Ball Park Zoo


Funds raised is a step closer to finding a cure for the leading cause of disability

Over 800 walkers will be on hand at the 2016 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids, MI, to help support the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to cure arthritis and make it easier for people living with the disease to achieve everyday victories. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the opening ceremony starts at 9:40 a.m. with the walk immediately following. As the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, national fundraising event, the Walk to Cure Arthritis brings together communities to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, and is a great way to experience the power of giving back to the community.

Supporters have the opportunity to walk a 1 or 3 mile route. Registration is free. With a $25 donation, participants can enjoy free admission to the zoo for the day. Walkers raising $100 or more will receive an official Walk t-shirt. The event also features arthritis information, refreshments and activities for the entire family.

Register online at www.WalkToCureArthritis.org/GrandRapids or contact Sue Arend at sarend@arthritis.org or 616-954-7649.

Local honorees will share their inspiring stories of living with arthritis during the Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis.

  • Youth Honoree Collin Scarpino, 17-years-old, Grand Rapids, MI – ankylosing spondylitis
  • Adult Honoree Holly Hubbard, 39-years-old, Jenison, MI – rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis
  • Medical Honoree Kory Johnson, DO, Orthopedic Specialist, Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. live with arthritis. Costing the U.S. economy $156 billion dollars a year, arthritis affects one in five Americans and causes more activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. The Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis will help those living with arthritis by supporting community programs, advocacy initiatives, as well as fund crucial research aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

Arthritis is more than just a few minor aches and pains. It’s a debilitating disease that robs people of their dreams,” says Michelle Glazier, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation, Michigan. “When you support Walk to Cure Arthritis, you become a Champion of Yes, helping us build a lifetime of better while accelerating the search for a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event that truly makes a difference, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together in the fight against arthritis. Together, we can Walk to Cure Arthritis and help us reach our goal of raising $90,700 to help find a cure for this disease.”

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Jingle bell run/walk for arthritis 


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Arthritis Foundation honors 7-year-old who has arthritis 

 

Named one of the nation’s “Most Incredible Themed Races,” the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 9 a.m. at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, 301 West Fulton Street, EC210, in Grand Rapids . More than 1,000 participants are expected.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Participants dress in holiday-themed costumes and tie jingle bells to their shoes creating a fun and festive atmosphere. This family-friendly event includes a competitively timed 5K run with walk option, 1K kids’ Snowman Shuffle, prizes for best costume and top fundraisers, and medals for the best run times in 13 age categories. Entry fees are $30 for the run/walk and $12 for the kid’s Snowman Shuffle. All proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s programs, services and research.

Register by going to www.Arthritis.org/Michigan or calling (855) 529-2728.

Arthritis is a serious disease that causes slow and painful deterioration of the body’s joints. Often mischaracterized as an “old person’s” disease, arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 kids. In Michigan, more than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children have arthritis—that’s 31 percent of the population!

Owen Barrett is a 7-year-old from Walker. When he was 3-years-old, he developed a recurring rash that was misdiagnosed several times. Owen was referred to a pediatric rheumatologist who accurately diagnosed him with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The doctor said he had active inflammation in every joint he checked and that he probably had arthritis since birth.

“My husband and I were shocked,” said Aimee Barrett, Owen’s mom. “Owen never complained of pain. Not once. The doctor explained that most kids who have arthritis don’t know a life without pain, so they don’t know to complain about it. Pain is their norm. It broke my heart.”

“We hope for Owen, when he has his own children, that he can tell them, ‘I had arthritis as a child, but they found a cure,’” said Aimee. “And we hope to make so much noise about this disease that people aren’t shocked when I tell them, ‘My son has arthritis. He’s only 7-years-old.’”

For more info on the Jingle Bell Run/Walk or to register you can visit jinglebellrungrandrapids.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1121965

 

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