It is that time of year again....spring is in the air, and that means one thing - The 12th Annual Walk for Lupus Now at the GA State Stadium (Turner Field) April 21st at 10:00am (we will arrive by 9:00)!
As most of you know, my first wife, Rachel, passed away from complications from Lupus. Yvonne’s Aunt Jackie sadly passed away 3 weeks before the 2010 Walk from complications from Lupus. Lupus struck again by affecting Rachel’s step-mother, Cathy. We are honoring all of these strong women and their past and current struggles.
Following are summaries of each of these women’s struggles:
Rachel had chronic medical issues starting in her teens and was ultimately diagnosed with Lupus at age 27. She was a loving, vibrant young wife and the mother of 17-month-old Lilly, when at a moment’s notice she became terribly ill. After a 12-hour roller coaster day at the hospital, she tragically passed away at the age of 32 on May 12, 2006.
Yvonne's 45 year old aunt Jackie battled Lupus for several years. She struggled with seizures and other complications with little to no responsiveness to medications. She tragically passed away on April 19, 2010 and is survived by her husband, son and six brothers and sisters.
Cathy was diagnosed in 2010. She has been struggling with the ups and downs that come with a Lupus diagnosis to get her symptoms under control. Her strength is inspiring!
Since we can't bring Rachel or Jackie back and as we try and support Cathy as much as possible, we are hoping we can bring awareness to the public about this devastating disease. Hopefully this will honor Rachel & Jackie’s memory, honor Cathy’s struggle and hopefully keep this story from repeating itself.
My goal this year is to have at least 10 people walk with Team GOLDBERG. If you plan on attending, please let me know so I can get an accurate head count and keep you updated.
Thanks again to everyone who has participated and/or donated over the years!
Please join Team GOLDBERG!!
Adam & Yvonne Goldberg