Running for Life Without Lupus
While the color of the day was green, orange was the lucky shade for our 2013 NYC Half Marathon Team Life without Lupus as they ran through Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17. Our runners not only paraded their dedication on the 13.1-mile route, but they also led the march in fundraising.
Our team raised thousands to fund science and service at the New York-based S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the national organization, the Lupus Research Institute. S.L.E. Lupus Foundation volunteers and staff turned out to cheer on the runners as they exited Central Park at the 10K mark.
Team Life Without Lupus member Cindy Wolf, a lupus patient, has participated in marathons, but had never run in a race for a cause. “As a person who understands how challenging this disease can be, I really wanted to help,” she said. Here is Cindy with her cousin and brother, both of whom also ran the half-marathon.
Cindy took up running about seven years ago and credits this activity as boosting her immune system to help her stay healthy.
In getting ready to join our Team Life without Lupus, she participated in our training workshop program led by Coach Scott Cohen. Family in the race and along the side lines helped keep Cindy going. Her brother and cousin ran while her husband, son and daughter were an enthusiastic cheering section.
Cindy’s training paid off, completing the course in two hours and 24 minutes. What did it feel like to cross the finish line? “More than anything, I was just thankful for all the support I had.”