2019 National Adult Honoree

Helen was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis for years ago. Now she serves the Arthritis Foundation in many different ways.

Like many affected by arthritis, Helen King found herself having to say “no” a lot to things she once enjoyed, like attending concerts, ballgames and family gatherings. Diagnosed with aggressive rheumatoid arthritis four years ago, she learned how to manage her physical and emotional pain through medications and by immersing herself in supporting others who struggle with the disease.

As the mother of two grown sons and with a full-time career, Helen volunteers for our cause in several ways. She has achieved the status of Platinum Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, advocating for more accessible and affordable health care. She also serves on the Foundation’s local leadership board, where she is network leader of the Live Yes! Connect support group in her hometown of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

In 2017, Helen’s Walk to Cure Arthritis team, King’s RA Queens, raised over $12,000. Last year, they brought in more than $30,000, ranking as the #7 fundraising team nationally. This year, she is the event chair for the Philadelphia walk event. “Representing people who have yet to find their voices in this disease in a real honor,” she says. Helen is a committed arthritis warrior who keeps bringing more warriors to our community.

In addition to being the 2019 National Adult Honoree for Walk to Cure Arthritis, Helen also serves in the following roles within the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Live Yes! Connect Facilitator - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • Local Board Leader Philadelphia- Live Yes! Connect Network Chair
  • 2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis Philadelphia -  Walk Chair
  • Philadelphia Walk Team Captain (Top Fundraising Team 2017 & 2018)
  • Platinum Ambassador