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By: Cindy Badger, Senior Asset Administrator, Bain Capital
On October 15, my family and I participated in the Alliance for Lupus Research’s (ALR) NYC Walk with Us to Cure Lupus. This was our 12th year participating in the Walk, and like every year, it was an incredibly meaningful opportunity for us to share our experiences with those who, like me, live with Lupus every day.
I am fortunate and blessed with a supportive and loving family. My amazing husband and my equally amazing sons, who gracefully (as gracefully as a 7 and 3 year old can J) accept all the daily challenges and burdens that come with living with and caring for someone with this disease. As difficult as the last year has been for my family and as difficult as it can be for me to sometimes do some of the most basic of daily activities, I am always humbled by the slogans and signs on walk day that change from “in support “ to “in memory” as the years go on.
I choose to walk with ALR each year because of its commitment to prevent, treat, and cure lupus. Since 1999, ALR has committed over $100-million to lupus research, making it the largest private funder of lupus research in the world. And because the ALR Board of Directors covers all fundraising and administrative costs, 100% of ALR donations go directly to supporting lupus research programs.
Although the walk is over, you can still donate to my personal fundraising page here by clicking on “Donate Now” or "Make a Gift!" By supporting me in my fundraising efforts, we are ensuring that the ALR can continue to advance medical research and help the many people living with this disease.
The Alliance for Lupus Research’s (ALR) Walk with Us to Cure Lupus is a national fundraising program that changes lives and brings people together in the common goal to find a cure for lupus. Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans, making the disease more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. The exact cause of lupus is unknown and there is no known cure.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have donated to my personal page so far, and to thank you for all the love and support I get from all the great people that I am so fortunate to be surrounded by. It really makes all the difference, especially on the bad days