May. 09, 2018

NYC Goes Purple on Pier 17

What an incredible day!  On May 5, over 5,000 people joined the Walk to End Lupus Now New York City!  It was a sea of purple at the Seaport District NYC Pier 17 as an amazing day of community, support, awareness, and celebration.  Teams of family members, friends, medical professionals and community members joined together demonstrating their commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone living with lupus.

DJ Dae kept the music pumping and La Loca from Radio 103.9 got the crowd excited as she hosted the day’s events.  Mackenzie McIndoe led the fitness warm-ups.  Mr. Met posed for photos and danced along with the walkers.  Alessandra “AJ” Poso shared her story as a child with lupus and Community Ambassador Jessica Maldonado honored lupus warriors and those we’ve lost.  The walk founders and representatives from NYU Langone Health and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research illustrated the impact of lupus and the community efforts needed to solve the cruel mystery.  La Loca recognized teams and volunteers as they set out onto the route.  New York State Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st District, a dedicated advocate for the lupus community, presented a proclamation to commemorate the day.  After the opening ceremonies, the crowd set off walking along the scenic Hudson River and into Battery Park City cheered on by energetic route volunteers. 

The walk is over, but our work continues as we strive to reach our goal of $620,000.  The fundraising program closes on June 15.  Registered walkers qualify for our fundraising incentive gifts.  Walkers who raise $100 or more are automatically entered to win two tickets to a New York Giants game (see official rules).  Team Captains can earn tickets to a New York Mets game on July 14 if their team raises $2,500 or more.  To make a donation or support your favorite walker, visit

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Thank you to our generous sponsors who made the Walk to End Lupus Now NYC possible:  AIG, Kearny Bank, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Radio 103.9 New York, Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, Starbucks, Go Puff, Nourish Snacks, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYU Langone Health, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

If you couldn’t join us in New York City, you have 3 more opportunities to support a walk in the Northeast.