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2024 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Elise Pietracatella
Corporate Chair

Elise is an advocate of the Arthritis Foundation. As a caregiver for a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and a digital therapeutics professional at Medisafe, the leading medication engagement platform that empowers patients to seamlessly manage their treatment journey, she works with many life science clients focused on innovative treatments for chronic conditions.


Linda Russell, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery
Medical Honoree

Dr. Russell has had a long-standing interest in metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis. In addition to the evaluation and care of patients with metabolic bone disease, she has focused her attention on perioperative bone health. Currently, Dr. Russell is the Co-Primary Investigator for an American College of Rheumatology guideline for the treatment of Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis.

In 2011, Dr. Russell was named the Director of Perioperative Medicine at HSS. Perioperative medicine is a field of medicine that focuses on optimizing the health of patients who plan to undergo surgery and on providing medical care for those patients following surgery.


Zach Kornfeld
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Adult Honoree

Zach Kornfeld is a director and web creator best known for creating and starring in The Try Guys, an award-winning comedy series (8 million subscribers, 4 billion views). Kornfeld is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author, a 2x award-winning podcast host, Food Network host, and frequently meme’d. He's a proud advocate for the disability community and openly shares his battle with ankylosing spondylitis. Previously, he was a founding member and Producing Partner at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.


Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Sofia embodies resilience in the face of adversity. Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 18 months old, she has defied the odds, refusing to let arthritis dictate her life. She has transformed her struggle into a source of inspiration.

Fueled by her love for music, Sofia transcends her condition, using her voice to soar above the limitations imposed by arthritis she deeply understands the realities of navigating both the physical and mental health challenges that often accompany arthritis.

Driven by empathy and a profound sense of purpose, Sofia is determined to empower others facing similar struggles.