It is my special pleasure to introduce you to a beautiful woman with a matching soul, Toni Grimes. She is, in my opinion, the foremost lupus advocate and warrior in Arizona. If you could meet her personally, after just a few minutes of pleasant and positive conversation, you would quickly begin to understand what an amazing person she is!
After many wonderful opportunities to meet and talk with Toni, and observing her tireless leadership in local Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) activities here in Arizona, I am impressed. She is creative, energetic and makes things “happen.” Toni’s volunteer work was absolutely critical to the success of our local Walk to End Lupus Now last year, and is the walk chair again for our upcoming walk in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 3, 2014.
The reporter that recently interviewed Toni for a local newspaper, wrote about the impact lupus has had on Toni’s life, and a bit about how Toni fights back against the negative aspects of lupus. Toni served for 17 years in the military until suddenly being diagnosed with systemic lupus. She retired after a collapsed lung and lupus nephritis sidelined her from service in Afghanistan. She now works as a local Lupus Foundation of America support group facilitator, and is an active advocate for female veterans and a personal trainer for people with disabilities.
I heartily recommend Shelby Slade’s article about Toni. Shelby is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and is now an intern at the Mesa Tribune in Arizona. She should be congratulated for her great job of research and conveying Toni Grimes’ encouraging story.
I think you may want to share Toni’s story with your own circle of contacts in the lupus community…