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2024 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Arthritis Treatment Center
Medical Honoree

The Western MA community is excited to recognize the doctors and staff at the Arthritis Treatment Center as the 2024 Medical Honoree. The ATC team collaborates closely to craft personalized treatment plans aligning with patients' medical and lifestyle needs to alleviate pain, prevent disability, and enhance quality of life for individuals grappling with bone, muscle, and joint disorders. Beyond offering comprehensive care, the team continually advocates for all those impacted by arthritis and goes above and beyond to support patients and their families.


Allisa Duffany
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Allisa Duffany, 35, is a true arthritis warrior - she battles her disease while navigating being a single mom of two incredible kids, as well as working over 50 hours a week. Her family's amazing support and motivation has helped every step of the way. In 2022, Allisa was shocked to learn her rheumatoid arthritis caused a life-threatening heart complication. Her ability to face that pain now inspires her to embrace life to the fullest and cherish every moment with her family. Allisa's story inspires resilience, proving arthritis is part of life, not life itself. She encourages others facing arthritis to live fully, knowing it's a hurdle and not the finish line!


Ella Santana
Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Pediatric Honoree

Ella Santana, a fearless 9-year-old, has been battling systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) since being diagnosed at age 4. Initially, her symptoms seemed unrelated, worsening each day. She was admitted to Baystate Children’s Hospital and underwent extensive tests and procedures, losing mobility and enduring agonizing pain. Despite medication, she faces frequent flares and struggles with walking due to severe inflammation. Yet, Ella maintains a positive attitude and even aspires to become a nurse to help other children with similar diagnoses.