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2023 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Joonhee Lim, MD
Arizona Arthritis &
Rheumatology Associates
Rheumatology Honoree

Dr. Lim is originally from South Korea. He completed his rheumatology fellowship in 2014 then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and worked as an attending physician at Sanford Health. He joined the Arizona Arthritis Rheumatology Associates (AARA) family in 2018. He likes to spend time with his family. Some of his hobbies include traveling, attending car shows, and basketball. He’s sure to soon become a fan of Phoenix Suns.


David Ott, MD
Medical Honoree

Dr. David Ott has been practicing orthopedic surgery for 40 years and was a founding member of OrthoArizona back in 1994. He has been a part of OrthoArizona’s Board of Officers and has been the Vice President of Operations for most of that time. Dr. Ott has been an integral part of OrthoArizona, creating and fortifying the foundation that they continue to build upon and helped make them the premier orthopedic practice in Arizona. He is praised by many for all the work he has done at OrthoArizona, the Arizona community, and especially his patients.


Andrew Roe
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Young Adult Honoree

Andrew Roe is an elite teen athlete with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. He will be competing as a Division One lacrosse player at Lindenwood University this fall. Andrew has learned some great tools that have helped him cope with the ups and downs of his arthritis. He wrote and published a children’s book about his journey. As a young child, Andrew loved airplanes. He hopes that explaining arthritis to young children through Archie's airplane adventures will help kids with JIA learn how to cope with their illnesses


Rowan Balma
Juvenile Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Rowan Balma is a freshman in high school who enjoys theater and choir. She was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 2 years old. Rowan has endured a multitude of health challenges and medical interventions over the past 12 years - 4 surgeries in the last 2 years alone. Pain and fatigue are a constant fixture in her life. She is frequently ill due to the immunosuppressant medication she takes to treat this debilitating disease. Despite these obstacles, Rowan maintains straight A’s and a full schedule of extracurricular activities. Rowan is a proud Arthritis Foundation advocate. Since 2013 TEAM ROWAN has raised over $125,000.