Leading the way to a cure

Lupus Research Update: 2008 Volume 3

Volume 3, 2008 - Online Edition | In This Issue

Message From The President >
ALR Awards Record Number of Research Grants >
Progress: Congress Proposes Increased NIH Funding >
Lupus Research Progress >
The Faces of Lupus: Laura and Neil Gever >
New York Jets Honor ALR Supporter and Volunteer Joseph Trunfio of Atlantic Health >
New Community Walks Raise Mega-Funds for Research >
Shoe News — ALR Walk Update >
ADVOCACY CORNER — Standing Up for Federal Lupus Research Dollars >
ADVOCACY CORNER — "Could I Have Lupus?" Awareness Campaign Launches >

The Faces of Lupus: Laura and Neil Gever

LRU: What is your connection to lupus?

Laura: This October is my 20th anniversary of having lupus. I was diagnosed at age 20, so lupus has been with me my entire adult life. I'm very fortunate that my lupus has always been fairly well controlled with prednisone. I was able to finish college, able to have two children, so in the larger picture, I'm luckier than many others. But it's a chronic disease. It's always there, for me, for my husband, for my children.

LRU: How are you involved with ALR?

Neil: I'm very committed to this organization. We've had a walk team for at least 5 years. I've participated in advocacy events in Washington, D.C. a couple of times, and have also attended scientific research meetings in New York.I find it very exciting that the energy and funds I give to ALR go to research, and that they are always looking ahead to a cure, not just as a possibility, but as a reality.

LRU: Why do you support ALR?

Neil: My wife lives with lupus every day. That means I live with it, and our kids live with it. We want to feel we're helping, and giving to ALR where you know your money is going to fund the best science and practical work for solutions makes you feel there is something very real you can do.

Laura: ALR is rolling up its sleeves, getting right down to business. They see finding a cure not just as a possibility, but as a real goal."

1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

172 million

dollars committed to lupus research by the Lupus Research Alliance.

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