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Lupus Research Update: 2013 Volume 1

Volume 1, 2013 - Online Edition | In This Issue

Making the Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Lupus >
The ALR Welcomes New Board Member Daniel LaVecchia >
Two Compassionate Hearts Work to End Lupus >
2013 ALR TIL Grants Awarded >
Lupus News Corner >

The ALR Welcomes New Board Member Daniel LaVecchia

Daniel LaVecchia wears many hats — and he wears them well. This is why the ALR is pleased and grateful that he joined our Board of Directors in 2012. His passion to create positive change is evident in everything he does.

As head of BGC Partners' operations in North America, Mr. LaVecchia is a steady driving force behind World Charity Day— the fundraising annual event that commemorates the 658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald who perished when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001.

Each September 11th, BGC distributes 100% of its global revenues from that day to a number of deserving charities, including the ALR. Last year, the event raised over $12 million and they have raised $89 million since its inception eight years ago.

"I continue to be impressed with remarkable advances that have come about through ALR funding," said Mr. LaVecchia. "That's why I wanted this great organization to be part of World Charity Day."

Thanks to his persuasive magnetism, world-renowned entertainers and top-flight athletes eagerly volunteer their time and energy to the World Charity Day celebrity phone-a-thon.

With the likes of Brian Williams, Ben Stiller, Carmelo Anthony, John Turturro, Robert Wood Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Susan Sarandon, and Lady Gaga joining licensed brokers on BGC's trading floors to conduct transactions with BGC clients, it is easy to understand how BGC's annual Charity Day has become so successful.

People care. They want to help,” Mr. LaVecchia expressed with ardent feeling. “It’s about taking a horrific tragedy and working to make someone else’s life better. I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor those we lost.

With his support as one of the co-chairs of the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus event in New York City, over $1 million was raised last year for critical lupus investigations. He has been involved with the past three events and this year he has a personal goal to raise $100,000 by himself.

The ALR has ambitious goals for 2013 and with the help of friends like Mr. LaVecchia, we have real reasons to be optimistic.

1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

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