Kris was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1978 shortly after moving to New Jersey. At the time she had 3 boys, a six year old and 3 year old twins. Her husband had just begun his surgical practice so was extremely busy. Luckily, he referred her to David Worth, MD, a rheumatologist, and after several tries they found a protocol that worked. As new treatments have come along they have continued to allow Kris to be productive, care for her family and lead an active life.
Kris also attends the Arthritis Foundation sponsored water classes at her Y.
Kris has been very involved in her community over the years as a volunteer in many organizations but her proudest accomplishment to date is helping establish a cancer support group, Cancer Hope Network, through her affiliation with the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield. The organization is celebrating 31 years of helping people deal with the treatment of cancer.
Around 2008, she attended a breakfast for the Arthritis Foundation and realized this is where she should be contributing her time. Since then she has been working on fundraising events for the organization by running the auctions for the Gala and now the Women on the Move event. She knows, first hand, how important research and education are to making progress on these rheumatic diseases, which cause so much pain and disability to millions.