LFA Ambassadors Connect Communities
A pop-up store in Brooklyn
A church in Harlem
A company cafeteria in Connecticut
A furniture store in Staten Island
A corporate board room in Manhattan
A National Night Out sponsored by the NYPD in Queens
What do all of these places have in common? These are just a few of the locations where our Northeast Lupus Foundation of America Community Ambassadors have been over the last couple of months helping to raise awareness about lupus. This dedicated group of knowledgeable volunteers share their time, talent and passion to educate people in the community about lupus and the work of the Lupus Foundation of America. In addition to sharing their personal journey, Community Ambassadors have participated in training to help others who have questions, have lupus themselves or who have a friend or loved one living with lupus. In addition to sharing information Community Ambassadors often find themselves dispelling some of the misconceptions people have about lupus. They are friendly, compassionate and eager to help others.
Recently Community Ambassador Jessica Castillo-Maldonado represented the Lupus Foundation of America at the National Night Out sponsored by the NYPD at Cambria Park. When asked why she is an Ambassador Jessica said, "Being a lupus warrior, fighting one of the toughest battles of my life I knew I needed to turn a negative, depressing & challenging diagnosis into a positive, productive and fulfilling journey. My faith, my perseverance and my focus on finding a cure led me to become part of an amazing community, the LFA; which I now call my family. Being an ambassador for the foundation, representing millions with Lupus, is one of my greatest honors I hold dear to my heart. This warrior is not going down without a FIGHT!"