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2023 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


MJ Barr
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

In September 2020, at the age of 6, MJ Barr became very ill and was hospitalized for 5 days. He developed a great deal of joint pain and after the illness had passed, MJ continued to have the pain. He was eventually diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

MJ’s journey with JIA began with finding the right medication that could slow the progression of his disease. He had been very active in sports and developed a love for peewee football, but with the diagnosis he became unable to play football. He hopes for medicated remission and pushes himself every day to enjoy activities like baseball and basketball. He refuses to let JIA slow him down. He is what we call “Mighty MJ”.

To support or join MJ, please visit his fundraising page today!


Donna Haggard
Osteoarthritis &
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

As a child, Donna Haggard suffered with ankle pain until she was in her teens. In 2012, she began having pain in multiple joints including her ankles, toes, fingers, knees, and hips. She was eventually diagnosed with both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Donna had a life-threatening reaction to an RA medication in January 2020 and was hospitalized for two weeks and continues to have lingering effects. Her OA is severe and has resulted in hip, shoulder, and knee replacements.

Donna thanks you for joining the fight to find a cure for arthritis!


William Beers, MD
St. Elizabeth Physicians
Medical Honoree

William Beers, MD, is this year’s Medical Honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Dr. Beers is a Board Certified Rheumatologist with St. Elizabeth Physicians. He received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He then completed a residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at St. Louis University.

Dr. Beers is loved by patients and staff alike, and has a passion for helping patients dealing with an inflammatory arthritis diagnosis. He sees patients in the office in Crestview Hills, and is honored to serve at this year’s Medical Honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis.


Mayro Kanning
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Legacy Honoree

Mayro Kanning’s battle with rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) endured through several decades of her life with more than 25 surgeries, including knee and hip replacements, and operations on her neck, back, and hands. But that didn’t stop her from making an impact.

Soon after she graduated from Purdue, she joined the Kroger Company in the mid-1970s, working in the Food Science division until her retirement in 2017. Her impact on others within the Kroger family was impressive, and as her RA attacked her body, she not only gave up much that she loved, but she inspired coworkers and friends to join the drive to find a cure.

Through the years, Mayro's efforts led close to – and perhaps exceeded - $1 million in fundraising. Mayro passed away on December 29, and while we miss her smile and her passion, her impact on the Arthritis Foundation continues.

Honor Mayro's legacy by joining or supporting team, Mayro's Milers on their team fundraising page.


Karen Tepe
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Corporate Chair

Karen is currently the Director of Orthopaedics and Neuroscience at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and Master’s degrees in both Health Services Administration and Business Administration from Xavier University. She is also certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security through the American Health Information Management Association. Karen has spent the majority of her professional career in the healthcare industry and has a passion for data and using it to drive decision making. In addition to working for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Karen is an Adjunct faculty member at Purdue Global University teaching various courses in the Health Administration and Health Information Management curriculums.


Lindsay Finton
Mayfield Clinic
Corporate Vice Chair

Lindsay is the Manager of Business Development for Mayfield Clinic. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Wright State University and is currently in the Master of Science in Health Administration program at NKU. Lindsay served as Corporate Vice Chair for the 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis and is excited to return in that role again for 2023. Lindsay lives in Lebanon, Ohio with her husband and two kids.