LFACT President & CEO remarks on Marilyn Sousa
LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA REGRETS TO ANNOUNCE PASSING OF MARILYN SOUSA
A statement from our President & CEO Michael Tommasi on the passing of the LFACT’s Founder & First President.
FARMINGTON, CT – The Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter deeply regrets to announce the passing of its Founder & First President Marilyn Sousa. Sousa passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 in New Jersey. The following is a message from the President & CEO Michael Tommasi on her passing:
“Although I’d known Marilyn for a short period of time, she undoubtedly had a lasting and positive impact on me. Her ongoing commitment, dedication and passion made me quickly realize how important it was to be an advocate for the many people affected by lupus. Her guidance and direction were always appreciated and valued.
“When I first met Marilyn, she told me how proud she was to have founded the Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter, and the integral role she played in creating the Lupus Foundation of America. Because of her determination and tireless efforts, the Lupus Foundation of America today is devoted to finding the causes of and cure for lupus while providing support to those who suffer from this horrific disease.
“Marilyn Sousa – educator, motivator, organizer, and activist – shall be dearly missed by all who have had the opportunity to meet her, know her, and learn from her.
“She was a very special person.”
About the Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter was founded in 1973, and it is one of the founding chapters of the national organization. The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. For more information about lupus and our efforts to solve the cruel mystery, visit http://www.lupusct.org