2022 Jingle Bell Run Honorees


Kate Elizabeth Sureck
Alpha Omicron Pi
Community Champion Honoree

Kate’s journey with the Arthritis Foundation began in 2004 when she was initiated into Alpha Omicron Pi. Since then, she has participated in multiple Walks for Arthritis, Strike Out Arthritis Events, and the Jingle Bell Run. Kate began working closely with the Foundation in 2016 when she became the philanthropy chair for her local AOII Alumnae Chapter. With her innovative ‘Party with a Purpose’ cocktail and silent auction evening, Kate and AOII raised over $8,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. Kate then went on to serve as Board Chair of Arthritis Foundation Indiana and event chair of the 2019 Bone Bash. She’s excited to continue to raise awareness for this worthy cause as the 2022 Community Champion Honoree!

Join or support Kate and team Kate's Daring Dashers on her personal fundraising page.


Erica Garza Fisk, M.D.
Medical Honoree

Dr. Fisk is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing at OrthoIndy’s various locations. She’s an Indianapolis native, earning her Doctor of Medicine from IU School of Medicine and fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Fisk treats a wide range of foot and ankle deformities, arthritis, and sport injuries. She is dedicated to supporting this community and finding personalized treatment for musculoskeletal pain.

When she's not helping patients get back on their feet, Erica enjoys playing tennis, hiking, concerts, and traveling with her young family.

This is her first Jingle Bell Run & Arthritis Foundation event. Let's get festive!

Join or support Dr. Fisk and team Fisk's Feisty Elves on her personal fundraising page.


Jonah Meier
Meier Performance
Physical Therapy Honoree

Jonah is a physical therapist at Franciscan Health Beech Grove and owner of Meier Performance Therapy. He is a southside local, graduating from Southport High School, obtaining Bachelor and Doctoral degrees from the University of Indianapolis.

He enjoys treating patients of all ages and musculoskeletal diagnosis. He began involvement with the Arthritis Foundation in college.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, playing guitar, and running with his greyhound. He has participated with the Jingle Bell run in the past but this is the first time fundraising. He is very excited and honored to take part!

Join or support Jonah and team Snow Much Fun on his personal fundraising page.


Kevin Balog
Psoriatic Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Kevin Balog has been married to Cherie for 43 years. Their daughter is a clinical counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association. Family and spiritual faith have guided Kevin’s roles in life.

Kevin’s vocational callings are corporate, higher education, and entrepreneurial assignments. He earned multiple college degrees (bachelor’s through post-doctoral) and numerous executive development certificates. Most of his practical knowledge comes from critical observation and conversation in everyday living.

Kevin was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis six years ago. Discipline, patience, and grace assist him daily. Rheumatologist Sarah Perryman DO is his selfless coach helping him on this journey.

Join or support Kevin and team, Balog Bah Humbugs on his personal fundraising page.


Samantha Lemieux
Pediatric Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Samantha’s journey with arthritis started when she was two years old. She was diagnosed with pediatric idiopathic arthritis. Currently her ankles, finger and knees are effected. She is currently taking remmocade (an intervenous infusion) to cure her symptoms.

Samantha is a Junior at Westfield High School. She is involved with Dance Marathon. She is also a competitive golfer. She plays in many golf tournaments around the state of Indiana and is on Westfield’s Varsity golf team. In her free time she loves to golf, watch hockey and travel.

Join or support Samantha and her team, Samantha's Jingle Bell Squad visit her fundraising page today!