About Charis Hill - Movement is Crucial Blog

Charis Hill works for Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates as a fundraiser, event planner, and valet bicycle parking lead.  She is a professional model as well as an arthritis, autoimmune disease, and chronic disease advocate. Shortly after her move to California from North Carolina in 2011, unexplained health problems led to a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2013.  A.S. is a severe and progressive autoimmune disease that attacks the whole body with inflammation and pain, and is often acutely damaging to the spine with bone spurs and fusion.  A tricky and constantly changing balance of diet, medication, and riding her bicycle helps her manage the worst of the symptoms, but there is no cure for this form of Arthritis.

Charis has raised thousands of dollars for the Arthritis Foundation since 2013 and has been featured in several local and national newspaper and magazine articles related to her struggle with A.S. In December 2013, Charis was the Arthritis Foundation Sacramento Jingle Bell Run Adult Honoree. She attended the National Arthritis Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2014 and 2015, joining hundreds of advocates from across the nation to advocate for policies to benefit all people living with Arthritis and other chronic diseases. Also in 2013, Charis testified in the California Senate and Assembly Health Committee hearings on Senate Bill 1052 (signed into law later that year), designed to allow more transparency on the Covered California website about specialty drug prices by healthcare plan. In 2014 she was awarded the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region’s Progress in Policy Award for her political advocacy work with the Foundation. She leads a Spondylitis Association of America support group with monthly meetings in Sacramento for people living with Spondyloarthritis.

Charis has walked for local and international fashion designers in both 2014 and 2015 Sacramento Fashion Weeks and was a featured model during the 2015 Inaugural Queer Fashion Week in Oakland, CA, alongside Androgynous Supermodels Rain Dove and Cory Wade (of ANTM Cycle 20). Her portfolio includes charity fashion shows and print images that bring her out of her disease and onto paper. 

Charis lives in Sacramento, CA with her two fluffy cats, Juno and Dora. They do not beg for table scraps because she is vegan. Contact her for media interviews, biking and health advocacy and modeling opportunities here.

Download her resume here.