Russell Betts


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Q. How are you connected to lupus and/or related autoimmune diseases?
A. I worked as a development officer for the Rheumatic and Autoimmune Disease Division at the University of Minnesota.

Q. What inspired you to serve on the board of directors?
A. Its mission and the possibility to help find a cure for many autoimmune diseases.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish and contribute as a board member for Lupus Link Minnesota?
A. Thoughts on reaching those who can contribute financially to advance the research needed to find better treatments and ultimately cures.

Q. Let's hear your best pitch: Why should someone support Lupus Link Minnesota?
A. Supporting Lupus Link Minnesota is supporting the brightest minds working on the most innovative approaches in autoimmune research which has possibilities of translating to many advances not only for lupus, but diabetes and other disease areas!

Q. Tell us about your family.
A. Wife Karen; daughter Evelyn; dog Sosa

Q. Name a hero of yours. Why that person?
A. All researchers and physicians!

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Cook and run.

Q. What's one thing that would surprise us about you?
A. I am an All-State tuba player.

Q. Any other final thoughts you wish to share?
A. Thanks Lupus Link Minnesota for all of the great things you do to support the lupus and autoimmune community!