Kellie Martin is best known for playing Lucy Knight in the TV series ER from 1998 to 2000. While the show focused on the stories of doctors and nurses of Chicago’s County General Hospital, the actress isn’t so far removed from her role. Having lost her sister to Lupus in 1998, she has been a spokesperson for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) for about 20 years.

And Martin’s experience of losing her sister and best friend to autoimmune diseases has shaped the way she raises her two daughters. 

Sister’s Death Drove Her To Become Spokesperson For AARDA

Just as she began acting in ER, her younger sister died of Lupus the same year. The incident drove her to quit ER just two years into the show as it was hard for her to act in a hospital setting.

Martin has since become a national spokesperson for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). In 2012, she urged patients and their families to get involved in the first-ever national “Autoimmune Walk: Linking Together for a Cure” campaign.

The actress has also contributed to the cause of bringing awareness of over 100 autoimmune diseases plaguing more than 23 million Americans. 

Wants Daughters To Be Around Animals

Being a spokesperson for AARDA and a mother to two, Martin puts in extra effort to ensure that her girls are protected from autoimmune diseases. In an interview with Closer Weekly, the actress shared that she wanted her daughters to be around animals as it is a big part of protecting people from autoimmune diseases.

We have a little farm with a barn in Southern California. Three goats, four pigs, two horses, a tortoise, a dog, and a bird. A big part of protecting people from autoimmune disease is being around animals, so we want to make sure our girls are.

Martin is a mother to two daughters, Margaret Heather Christian, born November 4, 2006, and Olivia James Christian, born February 13, 2016.

Martin Bought An Online Toy Store Named Romp

The ER actress had become a regular at Romp after purchasing a wooden camera for her daughter and coming to love the old-fashioned and creative toys sold at the store. She had previously had trouble finding safe toys that weren’t plastic or battery toys. And so, Martin decided to buy the store as she didn’t want Romp to shut down.

Her lawyer turned cattle rancher husband agreed with his wife and contacted the previous owner. After two months, Martin and her husband owned the online children’s toy store.