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Jun 02 2010

Long Islanders Join NYIT and the Alliance for Lupus Research in Taking Steps to Cure Lupus

Old Westbury, N.Y. (June 2, 2010) – Long Island community members are invited to join New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) for the annual Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program. The walk will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. at NYIT’s campus in Old Westbury, NY.

Participants can walk individually or form a team with family, friends, or co-workers to help raise funds for lupus research. All donations made to the ALR, the world’s largest charitable funder of lupus research, and every dollar raised through the walk will go directly to support lupus research programs.

Lupus, which affects people of all ages, is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against the body’s own cells and tissues, causing inflammation and tissue damage. Lupus can cause life-threatening damage to major organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart, and central nervous system. Despite the fact that more than 1.4 million Americans have lupus, there is no cure, and there has not been a new treatment available in more than 50 years.

“We are excited to welcome the Alliance for Lupus Research to the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT,” said Clyde Doughty, Jr., director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation at NYIT. “We applaud the determination and devotion of all individuals who get out and walk to bring awareness to the fight to cure lupus.”

The ALR’s Walk with Us to Cure Lupus program is sponsored by NYIT, NYIT’s de Seversky Center, Capital One Bank, the New York Jets,, Herald National Bank, New York Daily News, Applebee’s, and Devon Yacht Club.

To register for the walk, call Elizabeth Vega-Eng at 212.218.2843 or e-mail her at For more information, visit

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit

About the ALR
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization based in New York City that was founded in 1999 and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson. The ALR’s mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure lupus by supporting the most promising research projects from scientists at the most prestigious universities, medical schools, and hospitals throughout the world.


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