Volume 3, 2006 - Online Edition | In This Issue
Meet the Investigator >
Pilot Grant Program >
Research Results - Using Cholesterol Levels to Screen for Worsening Lupus-Related Kidney Disease >
Research Results - New Genetic Findings Linked to Lupus in Mouse Models >
Research Results - Rituximab for Lupus Shows Promise >
Research Results - New Target for Treatment Identified >
Advocacy Update - Senator Charles Schumer Champions Lupus Research >
Beyond the Research - The ALR Walks Nationwide >
Drug Research and Development News >
Beyond the Research - The ALR Walks Nationwide
In every issue of the LupusResearchUpdate, many of the groundbreaking research results we report are funded in part through the generous support of private donors, corporations, and family foundations. Another significant source of research funds and awareness comes through our signature fundraising program, the Walk With Us to Cure Lupus Walkathon program. This grassroots effort engages thousands of volunteers throughout the country, empowering those touched by lupus to create a network of support. This year, the ALR is holding walks in 19 cities, expanding into 6 new markets (go to www.lupusresearch.org, and click on the “Walk With Us” button for a complete list).
One of those new walks will occur in Austin, TX, on Saturday, October 14 at the WC Atkins High School. The walk is the brainchild of one very determined volunteer, Gail Sparacino-Vina.
Gail first contacted the ALR in 2005, convinced that Austin would be a great city in which to hold a walk. She rallied local support with public service announcements in local papers, fliers in doctors’ offices and volunteer notices on the Web until she gathered the volunteers she needed to form a planning committee.
“The ALR has given me a purpose and a healthy outlet to direct my frustration with being sick and tired,” she said. “It has empowered me to step back from asking ‘why me?’ and instead do something about lupus.” Austin held its kick-off luncheon August 24. The well-attended event was quite successful, putting this college town well on its way to reaching its fundraising goal of $50,000 for lupus research.
“I will now never underestimate the power of one phone call or one e-mail,” says Gail. “Nor will I ever forget how important and fortunate it is to meet and reach other people with a common interest. Every committee member, every team captain, every walker, every sponsor, every donation, every dollar…each holds such a strong impact when put together.”
If you are interested in starting an ALR walk in your community, please contact us at 866-WALK-ALR or visit our website, www.lupusresearch.org