10 Years of Growth and the Walk - Celebrating Friends Every Step of the Way
We are excited to celebrate the 10th year of our Walk to End Lupus Now and the growth of the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). In this issue of LupusGA, we remember some special friends who have been with us every step of the way. A total of 683 teams in the 2015 Atlanta and Columbus Walks raised a record $600,000, 70% of our Chapter's annual budget. This is the core support of our research, advocacy, and constantly expanding statewide programs and awareness efforts. The Walk also raises immense awareness: today many more people know about lupus. Our Chapter could be the first LFA Chapter to raise $1 million if we reach our 2016 Walk goal of $700,000! We can do this. Our patients and families deserve no less than our greatest effort!
As little as 15 years ago, no one spoke of lupus. There was little awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms. Lupus can be life diminishing and devastating, resulting in great pain and loss for many families. For many living with lupus, the greatest challenge is a lack of understanding; patients often feel they are the only ones who "don't look sick." We are here to listen and to make sure everyone with lupus receives answers and support.
Ninety percent of every dollar donated stays in Georgia to fund Chapter programs, resources and advocacy. The impact on the Georgians served and empowered by our Chapter is compelling, reaching 115 counties and new patients and communities. Our footprint in Georgia is far greater than our small fiscal budget and staff. The Georgia Chapter is a lifeline and a voice of hope for the 55,000 Georgians and families living with lupus. We also support the National LFA efforts funding and advocating for lupus research.
Fifty-five rheumatologists and other specialists serve on our expanded and engaged Medical Advisory Board, the largest in the national network. These physicians donate their time and expertise at our statewide education programs, share our resources with their patients and support our events,including forming Walk teams with patients and staff. Our empowering events, including Lupus Awareness Day and the Night of Hope Gala, raise funds and awareness.
This fall, and in 2016, we will host 14 educational programs. In the past 10 years, we have held 58 programs. We are one of the fastest-growing LFA chapters in the nation because we are building friendships at every opportunity to grow our "Chapter Family." From the leaders of the first support group meetings in the 1980s to the 14,000 walkers and donors, we are engaging people who care about someone with lupus. The Atlanta Walk is the largest LFA Walk in the country.
The cruel mystery does not daunt us. Discover your power to fight lupus. Let's make our 10th year spectacular!
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Our Reach Across Georgia
Thank You to Our Year Round Sponsors
Contact the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter Staff:
Lupus Foundation of America, GA Chapter
1850 Lake Park Drive, Suite 101
Smyrna, GA 30080
Chapter President and CEO
Program Director and COO