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2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Maria-Louise Labarca, M.D.
Northwell Health System
Medical Honoree

Dr Barilla-LaBarca earned her Bachelor's of Science in biology from Knox College followed by her MD from SUNY at Stonybrook. She has served as the Rheumatology Program Director as well as Director of Housestaff and Medical Student Education in rheumatology. She currently continues to serve there as course director for the Rheumatology component of the pre-clinical curriculum. She currently is the Chief of Rheumatology at Huntington Hospital at Northwell Health, the Director of the Clinical and Infusion Site at Huntington/Woodbury Division of Rheumatology and oversees the direction of the centers of Performing Arts Medicine, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound the Gout and Crystalline Arthritis Center.


Scollard Family
Juvenile Arthritis
Family Honoree

The Scollard family began their arthritis journey four years ago when their daughter had an ankle injury that wasn’t healing. After several trips to the orthopedist and a few unsuccessful treatments, they found their way to the Hospital for Special Surgery. MollieMay was eight years old and was diagnosed with arthritis in her ankles, knees and hands. It was a difficult diagnosis to process but they began researching treatments. About a year later, their older son John began to show symptoms and a few months after that, their youngest daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed as well. Finding the right treatment has its challenges but the Scollard children have learned to persevere. They have also learned to be advocates for themselves in a world where their pain is invisible to others.