May 23, 2008

New York City Walk for Lupus Now Event a Huge Success, Raises Awareness & Support for Local Programs

Morning everyone ...

Before I jump into lupus news, I wanted to quickly wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. I am Orlando-bound and will spend the next few days hanging with my nephews! I cannot wait, as I have learned some "knock knock" jokes to share with them.

And, to our friends from around the world who read this, have a great weekend.

Until next time, Wick

New York City Walk for Lupus Now Event a Huge Success, Raises Awareness & Support for Local Programs

NEW YORK, NY – Almost 1000 people living with lupus, their families, and supporters participated in the inaugural Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) Walk for Lupus Now® walk at Robert Wagner Park - Battery Park on Sunday, May 18. The NYC Walk for Lupus Now® was a huge success, and is part of a much larger national public awareness and fund-raising effort. Almost 60 Walk for Lupus Now® events will take place across the country in 2008, and are expected to raise $3 million.

Watch video highlights of the inaugural NYC Walk for Lupus Now.

LFA President and CEO Sandra C. Raymond encouraged and motivated the crowd by sharing the important work being done by the LFA, and described how the funds the walkers worked so hard to raise will be used to help people with lupus and their families living within the New York City metropolitan area, and how those funds will also support medical research on lupus.

Then, under a beautiful morning, participants began the walk, which gave them a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty and took them on a scenic walk through Battery Park. People with lupus walked, holding beautiful butterflies, and also wore placards that indicated in whose honor they were walking.

There were numerous sponsors of the 2008 New York City Walk for Lupus Now®, including Carol's Daughter, an NYC-based hair and body care products company whose founder and CEO, Lisa Price, lost her mother to a lupus-like disorder. Carol’s Daughter is a year-long corporate partner of the Lupus Foundation of America, and is working to bring national attention and resources to fight lupus.

Photo: Team Captain Erin Murray shows support for a young friend living with lupus.

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