Meet Our Honorees
Dr. Matthew Stoll is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Children's of Alabama. He received his medical degree and a doctorate in immunology from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He completed Pediatric residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Stoll also earned a master’s degree in Clinical Science from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology and holds memberships in the Society for Pediatric Research, Alabama Society for Rheumatic Diseases, American College of Rheumatology, and Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance.
His research explores the link between enteric microflora and spondyloarthritis by evaluating adaptive immunologic responses to the flora and assessing the contents of enteric microflora in children with arthritis. He also researches the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of temporomandibular joint arthritis (TMJ) in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA.)
To learn more about Dr. Matthew Stoll, visit the Childrens Alabama website.
Perry Burden is a Field Agent with the Knights of Columbus. He serves fellow brother Knights and their families through the Order's insurance program. Perry is a very active member at Holy Spirit Catholic church and a member of the Arthritis Foundation’s Local Leadership Board. He has also served as Santa Clause for Jingle Bell Run in Montgomery for more than 20 years. Perry lives in Montgomery with his wife Ellie, they have a 16-year-old daughter, Sarah Rose.
Perry first learned he had arthritis when he was 29 years old.He suspected something was wrong when his joints would swell and turn red for no apparent reason.He also developed knots on his hands.Arthritis has changed his life by altering his daily activities.From one day to the next, Perry may or may not be able to dress himself or perform his job.Because of arthritis, he has had to give up some of the activities he’s loved such as water skiing, playing softball, running and lifting weights.The thing Perry most wants people to understand is that arthritis is no joke.It’s a serious crippling disease and it takes away some of the things that most people take for granted.
Perry is participating as this year’s Uncork for a Cure Adult Honoree because he believes in the Arthritis Foundation and wants to give back and help in whatever way he can. The pain he suffers is constant and so is the fatigue that comes with it. It is hard to stay upbeat all the time, but he does a good job trying. Aside from his own diagnosis, and the millions like his, Perry is really concerned about children suffering from Juvenile Arthritis. He empathizes with their pain and sympathizes with their struggle, understanding that some may never get to do the things that he was able to prior to his own diagnosis. He feels others should participate because, “I guarantee, you have a family member, or friend that is affected by this disease.” Through the Arthritis Foundation, Perry has met wonderful people who have the same struggles as he does, people that are now dear friends. He enjoys the organization and being Santa at the Jingle Bell Run, of course.
Like most little boys his age, Miles Brown loves to be outdoors playing sports and enjoying time with friends. But just a few years ago, his activities were greatly limited by rheumatoid arthritis. He lived with constant pain so great that it affected his mobility. On the worst days, he had to use a wheelchair.
Diagnosed in 2012 at age 3, Miles underwent weekly injections from his local doctor in an attempt to reduce the pain in his hips, legs, wrists, and elbows, and to limit the damage to his joints caused by constant inflammation. But the treatment regimen wasn’t working, so the Brown family traveled to Birmingham to see Matthew Stoll, M.D., at Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Stoll is one of the leading pediatric rheumatologists in the United States.
After about a year on a specialized treatment plan that included regular infusions, physical therapy, and quarterly checkups with Dr. Stoll, Miles’s pain was well under control and joint damage was stopped in its tracks. This year, Miles scored ten goals during eight games of soccer league play and was named a member of the Biloxi Breakers, an Under-10 all-star soccer team that represents Biloxi in area tournaments.
Residents of Montgomery’s Old Cloverdale community, Lance and Emily Brown are passionate about the ongoing effort to provide treatments, support, and cures for those, like their son Miles, who deal with arthritis. Also wine aficionados whose adventures have taken them to vineyards in California and France, the couple in 2016 organized Uncork for a Cure to raise funding for The Arthritis Foundation. By year’s end, this annual effort will have raised more than $50,000 for the cause.
Currently the creative and digital director for a political consulting firm, Lance has worked as an advisor in the governor’s office, the creative director for a local advertising firm, and the director of a national energy think tank. He currently serves his community as president of Montgomery Rotary Club (a term that ends in July 2018) and as Local Leadership Board Chairman of The Arthritis Foundation. Lance is a recipient of the Harry Truman Scholarship and a member of the Southern Miss Student Hall of Fame.
An active member of the Montgomery community, Emily Brown currently serves as Secretary and Membership Chair of Montgomery Trees, an organization devoted to community improvement through the planting and protection of local trees. A Master Gardener, she is also active in a number of volunteer efforts related to beautification and management of local gardens. Four years ago, she organized the effort to bring a community May Festival back to Old Cloverdale. Previously, Emily worked as a draftsman for a local architecture firm.
Both originally from Selma, the couple are raising two children, Ariana (15) and Miles (9).
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