On one of the final days of our 6 week course curriculum for the pre-matriculated Quinnipiac medical school students, the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) made an impactful presentation. Mary Crimmings, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, set the stage for the presentation by explaining how LFA works to improve the lives of Lupus patients. She talked about how the organization fundraises, creates awareness, gets people involved and works with the medical community to help find a cure for Lupus.
Following Mary was Patrick Wildman, Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations, who explained the power of advocacy and how he and his team in LFA help influence decision making for drug research; How they work everyday to make sure Lupus and decision making on behalf of Lupus patients is at the forefront of peoples minds.
The students walked away with a much better understanding of the power of advocacy and philanthropy and how it intermingles with the medical community.
A special thanks to Leigh Ann Cardenas, Vice President, Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship who helped organize not only this class but LFA’s involvement over our 6 week program. And a special thanks to Steve Gibson, President and CEO of LFA for his continued support of our strategic partnership.