21st Annual Walk-Along for Lupus

By | October 19, 2014

Date(s) - 10/19/2014
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Eisenhower Park, Field #6


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Over $235,000 and counting!!!

It may have been a little cold and windy, but that did not stop our wonderful walkers from coming out in full force to help those living with lupus! This year we had our biggest crowd to date and everyone had a great time. From our new “I`m Sick of Lupus” buttons, to the fantastic give-a-ways from our generous sponsors, everyone enjoyed the day.

One of the highlights was The Freeport High School Drum Majors and Kickline group, (seen above). First, they got the crowd revved up and ready to go before the warm-up, headed by long time volunteer Andrew Alderman. Then they lined up at the start line and had everyone dancing down the pavement!

The T-Shirt volunteer`s at registration were dancing to the beat around the tent as they handed out T-shirts to the walkers, making everyone smile and feel good as they started the walk.

The 60`s Invasion Band, led by our Board Member and this year`s Walk Honoree, Victor Fusco were a big hit, making sure that the dancing and fun feeling continued throughout the day.

Our volunteers gave a stellar performance of their own going above and beyond the call of duty and making sure the walkers felt welcome and appreciated.

Our generous sponsors who had tables at the event, JZanus, Century 21 Department Store, News 12, The SLE Autoimmune Treatment Center at North Shore LIJ, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Astoria Federal Bank and Fusco, Brandenstien & Rada gave out wonderful give-a-ways to the walkers, while having a great time at the walk themselves.

The Rampart Insurance Group, once again made a generous donation to cover the costs of the breakfast we serve to everyone who comes to the Walk-Along for Lupus, they donate to us year after year and we cannot thank them enough.

A big thank you goes out to Uncle Wally’s, Arizona Beverage Co, UTZ, Teamsters Local 202 and Ricola for donating their products!

Thank you to Scott from AJ2 Security for helping ensure our security. Thank you to the Bellmore/Merrick EMS for making sure everyone was safe throughout the event. Thank you to Andy Marlin for volunteering his time to take pictures of the event.

Thank you to Carol, Mismatch the Clown for “clowning” around for our kids and thank you to Lauren Budd for her great face painting artistry.

_F1E9026 (1224 x 816)Our Walk-Along for Lupus Honorees, Sara and Victor Fusco

Join us in celebrating Walk-Along for Lupus Honorees: Victor Fusco, the founding member of Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.  and Sara Fusco, the firm’s Director of Community Relations, since 1996. Sara has produced and Vic has hosted LABOR-LINES an award winning radio program about working men and women and the organizations that represent them, heard on four radio stations.

Vic is a frequent lecturer and writer on Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation and media relations for bar associations, law schools and civic organizations. His firm has helped thousands, including many lupus patients, secure Social Security Disability benefits.

In the early 1980’s, Vic was invited to give presentations at Lupus seminars. He became increasingly involved with usfbr_logo, ultimately becoming an active board member. Sara has chaired a number of our events, including many Galas, donating her time, talents and compassion to help people with lupus.

We honor them in recognition of their two decades of dedication, compassion and tireless effort benefiting people coping with lupus.

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