2020 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Dr. Philip J. Lahey IV
Medical Honoree

Raised in Worcester, Dr. Lahey IV graduated Tufts University School of Medicine, trained in Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and completed a Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship at Brown. He then joined his father, Dr. Lahey Jr, and Dr. Vinton at Worcester County Orthopedics (WorcesterOrtho.com).

A team physician for student-athletes at the College of the Holy Cross, Dr. Lahey also treats orthopedic conditions in patients of all ages. He offers arthritis therapies including medications, corticosteroid and viscosupplement injections, and knee replacements. .

Dr. Lahey enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, Echo, and their young children, Phil and Clara.

Juvenile Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Nine-year old Alex was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis in 2017, after many years of misdiagnosis. Like many, the family was not aware that children could even get arthritis! The pain began in his ankles and knees, and he found it difficult to play sports like his friends did because of the pain. Once he was diagnosed, his parents were able to help his pain and find things that worked for him.

Eventually his juvenile arthritis spread to his fingers, wrists, hips and neck. This meant Alex had to move on to stronger medications and bi-weekly injections. These new advances in treatment have helped him tremendously. He now loves to hike, camp, play video games and is moving towards his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Injections and medication are never fun, but Alex knows the pain is worse and is lucky to have something that can help that. He knows there are kids out there with arthritis far worse than his. While doctor’s appointments and flare-ups sometimes cause Alex to miss school, he continues to get good grades and work hard at his studies. Alex hopes to be a “You Tuber” or meteorologist when he grows up and share his story.