Volume 4, 2013 | In This Issue
2013: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments >
Collaboration to Accelerate Pace of Lupus Research >
TREX1 Gene Mutation: An Avenue to Target Lupus >
Getting One Walk Up and Running while Another Approaches $1 Million Threshold >
A Grateful Message to the ALR Family of Supporters >
Lupus News Corner >
Getting One Walk Up and Running
While Another Approaches $1 Million Threshold
Welcome Philadelphia! Aptly named, the “City of Brotherly Love” has extended its support to the ALR — becoming the newest city to join us as a participant in our Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program.
In its inaugural event on June 1, 2013, the Philadelphia walk got off to a great start, far exceeding expectations both in terms of the number of participants and in dollars raised for the ALR’s pioneering research.
Team Captain of Pew’s Posse, Lisa Pusicz even got her husband, Carlos Rivera, and a group of his friends from several motorcycle clubs to lead the walk in a rousing style that got everyone revved up.
“For over 650 participants to gather at a first-time walk is phenomenal. We had an astounding 74 teams, which is really strong — and we raised over $90,000, breaking our $50,000 goal by a long shot,” said Elizabeth Vega-Eng, Northeast Regional Manager for the ALR. “It was a totally amazing day — we’re all thrilled with the turnout in Philadelphia and have big plans for this city.”
Liz believes that Clear Channel’s support had a lot to do with the day’s success: “They helped spread vital awareness about lupus — getting the word out that it’s more common than most people think. That’s one of the reasons why so many people came out in support of the ALR.”
Fast-forward a few months to October 19th for a glimpse at a seasoned walk — the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus event in New York City. “A lot of the players are old pros,” explained Liz. “And this year we are again on our way to breaking the $1 million mark.”
“There is no doubt that the New York walk is spectacular,” Liz shared, “but I experience the same level of energy and enthusiasm at every walk. Participants want to make a difference in the lives of people with lupus — and it shows!”