Thoughts from Tharan: Is Spring here? In due time, just like other things!

By Tharan Leopold, President & Executive Director


I find myself at times wanting it to be Spring. Do you? When you live in Minnesota who wouldn’t, right? When I see the sun peeking out over the cloud-laden skies in March, it’s almost as if Spring and Summer are teasing you. And yet I know there are many individuals who love winter and all the activities it has to offer from cross country skiing to snowmobiling. Many who are likely sad to see winter leave … including my son who can’t get enough ice fishing time!

Yet, I quickly have to remind myself that I have to be patient and that all good things come in time. The clouds will diminish, the grass will become green, and birds will begin to appear once again.

The same is true for me with my work at Lupus Link Minnesota. I find myself wanting to be ten steps ahead. Again I’m reminded of the importance of having patience and that the list of goals to achieve will happen one by one, in due time.

Perhaps, though, this is a good thing. Good because it demonstrates our commitment to advance the mission and vision of Lupus Link Minnesota. Good because it drives us to continue the call for awareness, education, and research. Good because we have confidence in medical practitioners and researchers that achievements toward a cure are moving forward.

I know I’ve said this before but I think it bears repeating. I look back on the past few months and reflect on all the great accomplishments the board and staff have made. Here’s a sampling since last time:

  • Cindy Chang and Tracey Galowitz have joined the board of directors. We are grateful for their expertise, dedication, and willingness to jump right in and provide solid governance. Please join me in welcoming them and read more about their backgrounds in this enews edition.
  • We are working to expand the board with an additional three or four members and hope to have announcements for you in the near future.
  • The board and respective committees have been fully engaged, tackling everything from financials to fundraising to research grants and fellowships. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”
  • In preparation for Lupus Awareness Month, our Walk & 5K events will be rolling out shortly. Come join us to raise awareness about lupus and fundraise. Save it on your computer, phone, refrigerator calendar, or whatever tool you use!
  • We have had conversations with a number of you over coffee or at an event, learning what types of programming are important to you. We want to hear from you and what we can do to best support you, or your family member, living with lupus or related autoimmune diseases.

In closing, thank you for your continued support and commitment to Lupus Link Minnesota as we champion the cause. The work we do for you is rewarding and important.  

Yours in lupus awareness and the fight for a cure.