Thirty-One Faces of Hope: Lisa Williams
The lupus community includes people living with lupus, friends, family and supporters across Georgia. For Lupus Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some of our lupus heroes and champions.
We remember Lisa Williams, former Georgia Chapter board member, support group facilitator and lupus champion.
We will never forget this very brave young woman who did so much for our chapter and mission, raising immense awareness. Lisa was hugely loved for her kindness, doing so much for so many. Lisa passed away in November of 2014 after a nine-month battle with lymphoma as a result of her lupus.
Lisa was at every Walk to End Lupus Now since year one, always a top team and walker. She testified to the FDA at the Benlysta hearings and was one of many patients and families who helped sway their decision. She was then chosen by LFA national to be on the cover of Lupus Now magazine in 2011 when they approved Benlysta.
Lisa was one of our first Faces of Hope for the 2010 Walk, her friends said they knew a billboard and magazine star! She was also a support group leader for the Southside Support Group and served on chapter board since 2012. She was always cheerful, even though those past few difficult months.
Jed Selkowitz, a former chapter board member, eloquently stated, "Lisa was so wonderful, compassionate, spunky, spirited and brilliant. The world is a much smaller place without her in it." We couldn't agree more.
Each year, we award an outstanding Chapter volunteer with the Lisa Williams Volunteer Achievement Award in her memory. This year it was our honor to present the award to Lori Randolph, for her commitment and volunteer leadership.