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A Sticky Situation -Atlanta Lupus Walk

Twenty-three hundred pieces of tape can transform a corporate CEO into a Michelin Man in less time than it takes to eat a purple cupcake. Digital employees gathered in Atlanta to Stick It to Lupus, a little known but deadly serious disease that affects over 1.5 million people including our own Audrey Leeman, this year’s President’s Award winner. Audrey has been a passionate ambassador since she was diagnosed with the disease, raising money and awareness throughout the Digital and the Atlanta communities.

Maria Myler, President and CEO of The Georgia Chapter of Lupus,  addressed more than 50 employees gathering for the Stick It To Lupus taping ceremony, saying that corporate sponsorship was so critical to raising both awareness of and money for the disease.  “Audrey’s passion and enthusiasm is so inspiring,” she said. “She’s done so much to help spread the word, so that other people are aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease that can take 3 to 4 years to diagnose.” Maria went on to say that the creativity of the corporate teams – like donating money to stick Adam Bruckman, Audrey and KenithThreatte to a wall – results in significant fundraising.

The $2,300 raised so far is shy of the $5,000 goal that Audrey set for this year’s campaign, but donations can be made throughout the month of May, which is the official Lupus Awareness Month. Other events planned include placing the purple donation cans at the food trucks that park in front of the corporate headquarters, holding a silent auction that includes jewelry, sports memorabilia and a $100 gift certificate to Buckhead Life and participating as a team in the Atlanta Lupus Walk, one of the largest in the country.

The tape had to be removed from Kenith’s mouth before he was able to utter the words that hushed the giggling crowd. “This is a fun event, but there is nothing funny about Lupus,” he said. Audrey thanked her Digital “family” for their professional and personal support throughout her two and half year journey with the disease. Adam Bruckman, Digital’s CEO, who was literally stuck to the wall beside Audrey, thanked the crowd in Atlanta and around the company for their support, vowing to continue to support this and other causes that hit our home. Elizabeth Chrane, SVP of Marketing, smiled wryly as she cut large pieces of tape and watched Adam, Audrey and Kenneth being mummified. “I love how we support our people and all of us admire Audrey for her courage and conviction to be a solution rather than a statistic. She’s making a huge difference and is such an inspiration.”

There’s plenty more time to donate and Stick It To Lupus to show your support!  

By Jody Mayo

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