2017 Annual Appeal
We have an incredibly powerful untold story of a disease that needs so much more awareness and support. Lupus can be life diminishing and devastating, resulting in great pain and loss for many families. As little as 15 years ago, no one spoke of lupus. There was little awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms.
Mahlia and Sam, pictured above share a dream. Mahlia Mahdi, diagnosed with lupus when she was only 8 years old, is a brilliant and sweet 8th grader who dreams of being a veterinarian. S. Sam Lim, M.D., MPH, is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Rheumatology, Grady Health System and co-chair of our Chapter’s Medical Advisory Board, the largest in the LFA Network. Dr. Lim has dedicated his career to treating lupus patients and lupus research. He works tirelessly so Mahlia and all those living with lupus, can have a brighter future.
“We, in Georgia and particularly at Emory, are now sitting in many ways at the epicenter of one of the lupus capitals of the world as it relates to patient communities and groundbreaking research at both the population and immunologic levels,” states Dr. Lim. Together with the Georgia Chapter, the state is situated to be the center of advocacy, education, and research activities in lupus for years to come.
The impact on the Georgians served and empowered by our Chapter is compelling, reaching new patients and communities in 120 counties of the 159 in Georgia. Our footprint is far greater than our small fiscal budget and staff. In 2018, we will host 10 educational programs, in the past 11 years, we have held 85 programs. The Georgia Chapter is a lifeline and a voice of hope for the 55,000 Georgians living with lupus.
Ninety percent of every dollar donated stays in Georgia to fund our programs, resources and advocacy. We also support the National Lupus Foundation of America’s funding and advocating for lupus research.
Fifty-seven 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.
Your contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more will ensure that together, we work towards a brighter future for all those living with lupus. The cruel mystery does not daunt us. Please support our Chapter and our families fighting lupus!
Our very best wishes for the Holiday Season and the New Year. Thank you!
R. Patrick White