Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Kristen McAllister (Kmac) has been a part of the Arthritis Foundation family since 2011 when she joined Jingle Bell Run as Kmac’s Crew and has raised a total of $88,000 to date for a cure for arthritis! Kmac is truly legendary and an inspiration to all by the way she exudes hope no matter her circumstances.
At age 10 Kmac was officially diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Arthritis, Uveitis, and Common Variable Immune Deficiency after suffering from frequent infections, fevers, rashes, mouth and nasal sores, joint stiffness, and pain. In 2015 she was hospitalized with Sepsis that triggered a deadly heart arrhythmia, and she unfortunately became paralyzed. Kmac now had Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. However, with the support of her family, medical team, and the Arthritis Foundation, she is still, 5 years later, fighting to walk again and uses a wheelchair as her main source of mobility. Kmac’s story is still unfolding.