During Lupus Awareness Month, we gathered to celebrate a year of learning, advocacy and growth. The purpose was to elevate the conversation about lupus, while honoring the champions who helped us accomplish so much during the past year.
Illumination, the first event of its kind in our region, welcomed government, legal and medical professionals, corporate and community leaders, donors and volunteers. We honored five individuals with LEAN Forward Awards, each for their exemplary service on behalf of the lupus community.
The awards were named after the LAUNY program that is taking the support group concept to a higher level of empowerment. Each LEAN Forward community is committed to learning, sharing and thriving together beyond and in spite of lupus. Our honorees contributed to that same goal.
Our deepest gratitude goes out to APIC, Townesquare Media, and Lakeward Spirits as significant sponsors of the event and to many others who made this celebration possible. Many thanks to Andrea Wenglowskyj, the talented photographer who captured memories of the event.