Lilly Stairs

Patient Leader

My reason for being was ignited in 2011 when I was diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions - Crohn's disease and Psoriatic Arthritis. From this time forward, I have dedicated my personal and professional life to patient advocacy. In addition to running my blog and social media dedicated to advocacy and the patient experience, I launched the 50 Cents for 50 Million campaign to raise awareness and funds for patients battling autoimmune diseases. I now serve on the board of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) and am the Head of Patient Advocacy at Clara Health, a startup making it easier for patients to get access to breakthrough treatments and clinical trials.


Somerville, MA


Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

Living as a patient and working within the healthcare industry makes Lilly a perfect candidate for this award. She sees both sides so very well and is instrumental in bringing both sides together in order to make an impact.  — Ross

Not only is Lilly a Crohn's and Psoriatic patient but also an amazing advocate. She doesn't just advocate for her illnesses she advocates for many. Her amazing work as head of patient advocacy for a company, she has dedicated her life to helping patients and changing the landscape of patient care among many disease states. She's pretty amazing.  — Aaron

Lilly Stairs

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