October 04, 2007

Lap 'Round the Lake for Lupus: The Kassie Biglow Story

In my short time here at the LFA, I’ve become aware of many touching stories. I wanted to share one of them.

Mary Katherine “Kassie” Biglow, a young wife and mother, passed away from complications of lupus in October 2004, one week before her 31st birthday. Kassie was a close friend and personal care attendant for David Lytle, who had suffered a spinal cord injury.

Kassie's death spurred Mr. Lytle to action. He nominated the Lupus Foundation of America to receive proceeds from an eBay auction of the NBC TODAY Show's Green Room book. The Green Room book includes signatures, notes and doodles from celebrities, political figures, newsmakers and other prominent guests who appeared on the TODAY Show. The LFA was selected as the recipient charity and all proceeds from the auction went to support the LFA’s national lupus research program. A yearly research grant in Kassie’s name has been established.

Sadly, David Lytle died unexpectedly in June 2007. A special tribute will take place to honor his memory at this year's Lap 'Round the Lake for Lupus.

What is Lap 'Round the Lake for Lupus, you ask?

Lap 'Round the Lake for Lupus serves a two-fold purpose. It provides family and friends a way to honor the life of Kassie Biglow, and it does so in a location that was near and dear to her heart. Second, it shines a much needed light on the debilitating effects of lupus.

If you live in the Ohio area and are able to, take part in the 3rd Annual Lap 'Round the Lake for Lupus, which will take place Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the Boat House on Silver Lake Blvd., in Silver Lake Village, Ohio. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk / run begins at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, please send your name and email address to Maureen & Travis Michalak at travmo@columbus.rr.com.

Donations will be accepted the day of the event. You can also send donations in ahead of time. Any questions regarding donations should be sent to Joe McMullin, Sr. (Kassie's dad) at jmcmullin@neo.rr.com.

Last year, this event raised more than $10,000, with the money going toward research.

Until next time,


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