"Kristy McPherson brings a whole new dimension to the Arthritis National Research Foundation," said Helen Belisle, Executive Director of the Arthritis National Research Foundation. "Her international visibility as a golf celebrity and her personal story of faith and victory over her jRA will inspire not only children, but adults who suffer the pain of arthritis every day."
Beating the odds of Still's Disease, McPherson qualified for the LPGA Tour in 2007after finishing fourth on the 2006 LPGA Futures Tour money list. Since joining the LPGA, she has posted 17 top-10s, including three runner-up finishes. McPherson, who is currently No. 35 on the Rolex Rankings, was also a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2009.
McPherson will play an integral role with the Arthritis National Research Foundation to increase the public's awareness about arthritis, the fact that kids get arthritis too, and about the critical need for research to eventually cure these diseases. The Arthritis National Research Foundation donates 91 cents of every dollar donated to research.
"Research is the key to finding new treatments and cures," McPherson said, "and we concentrate our efforts only on research."
McPherson will also play for the Arthritis National Research Foundation at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup March 18-20 at Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. With a $500,000 charitable pool up-for-grabs, McPherson could make a big impact on the cause so close to her heart.
"We need you to join our team in the fight against arthritis," McPherson said. "This organization deserves your support."
For more information on the Arthritis National Research Foundation, please visit www.curearthritis.org.