May 22, 2008

Lupus Community Rallies Behind Annie & Tom on TODAY Show "Race to the Altar"

Annie and Tom of Chicago, Illinois made it through the first elimination round this week and will continue to the next round of competition on the NBC TODAY Show’s annual "Race to the Altar." Your vote today can help Annie and Tom get married live on the show in June.

The couple also was the winner of this week’s wedding challenge. They raised more than $323 for charity in 15 minutes by selling cupcakes to the crowd on the plaza outside the TODAY studios. As this week’s winning couple, they were able to select the wedding cake.

Annie was diagnosed with lupus when she was 17. After she was diagnosed, Annie feared that no one would ever be able to love her completely for who she was as a person. Yet it was her chronic disease that gave Annie an inner strength and drive to succeed, all qualities that to this day Tom constantly admires about her.

The Lupus Foundation of America is supporting their efforts to be selected as this year’s winning couple. Annie’s fears are shared by many of the 1.5 million Americans with lupus who often have to battle not only the physical burdens of the disease but also the emotional toll that a chronic and unpredictable disease like lupus can extract.

The deadline for voting in the next round is Noon on Monday, May 26. Urge your family and friends to join you in this national effort to bring lupus to the forefront and help Annie and Tom have a wedding they and the entire lupus community will never forget.

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You also can vote AGAIN by texting to 46833 and voting for couple number 4, Annie & Tom.

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The Lupus Foundation of America thanks you for helping Annie and Tom try to win the 2008 "Race to the Altar."

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