Foundation Responds to New York Times “Neediest Cases” Profile of Woman with Lupus

Touches on Foundation’s comprehensive care of New Yorkers with lupus for 40+ years

December 16, 2010

Dear Editor,

When lupus sufferer Diana Brown says “you never know what’s coming next” in your “Neediest Cases” profile of Dec. 9, we at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation recognized the tone of painful uncertainty that the chronic and multisystem disease so often brings.

As New York City's lupus foundation for over 40 years, our hearts go out to Ms. Brown's very personal struggles in this vibrant but sometimes isolating city. Through our intensive 5-borough social services programming and multiple outreach centers, we aim to ensure that no one has to navigate lupus alone-in finding information or doctors or support systems or some measure of relief for when, as Ms. Brown puts it, “the pain is difficult to manage.”

There may be no known cause or cure for lupus, but with your readers’ generosity and our care systems in place, we can take a large measure of uncertainty out of the lupus equation.

Margaret G. Dowd
Executive Director, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
330 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212-685-4118