Lupus Research Alliance Loses Founder and Champion with Death of Susan Golick
The Board and staff of the Lupus Research Alliance express profound sorrow at the passing of Susan Golick, the woman who started the fight against lupus and autoimmune disease in America. When Susan learned she had lupus, she responded by launching the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation with her parents and a small band of like-minded families. A young woman herself, she took the news of her diagnosis as a call to make sure no one else faced this devastating disease alone.
Because of her pioneering work for more than 45 years, lupus patients – women, men, and children -- have had a place to go for information, support, strength and comfort when they first hear the life-changing words of a lupus diagnosis. The Foundation that began in Susan’s living room grew to create the Lupus Research Institute bringing novel research in lupus to a national and now international level – allowing talented scientists to pursue innovation as the path to discovering better treatments and a cure for this complex disease.
Despite the daunting obstacles of lupus, Susan, over five decades never stopped working to benefit the millions impacted by lupus worldwide. An active officer and Board member, Susan helped lead the recent merger of her beloved organization with the Alliance for Lupus Research. And just one week before her untimely death, Susan and her husband Dr. Alan Wasserman joined the Lupus Research Alliance Walk with Us to Cure Lupus to cheer thousands of New Yorkers as they raised over $1.3 million to fund the most innovative lupus research. The sight of this great lady in her wheelchair on the Walk route with her wide smile and jaunty red hat is one last uplifting memory all of us will treasure. Susan’s courage and warmth, compassion and tireless commitment, will continue to inspire all who were privileged to know her. Our love, condolences and gratitude for her life go out to her husband Alan Wasserman, dedicated caregiver Marc Pinsky, friends and family, and the entire lupus community - especially lupus patients who were so dear to her heart. The Lupus Research Alliance will not rest until we fulfill Susan’s vision - to Free the World of Lupus.