ASK Lupus' mission is to create Lupus awareness in the local communities of Philadelphia, raise funds for Lupus research while providing vital programs through supportive services for individuals with Lupus and their families.
WHO ARE WE
ASK Lupus represents three sisters fighting for a cure who have been diagnosed or is in the process of being diagnosed with Lupus which affects each of them in a different way. Because Lupus is unpredictable with symptoms coming and going, mimicking other illnesses and sometimes threatening major organs; the unpredictability brings a host of emotional, psychological, psychosocial and lifestyle issues. Through this non-profit organization and sharing their personal stories these courageous young ladies and their mother are dedicated to providing supportive services, creating Lupus awareness, and raising funds to support lupus research in hopes of finding a cure.
WHAT WE DO
ASK Lupus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to lupus advocacy, supporting those that have been diagnosed or are in the process of a diagnosis with lupus within the community. ASK Lupus will offer support, services, and hope to anyone who has been affected by Lupus in anyway. ASK Lupus has four main focuses which help achieve success: 1. Increase public awareness and educate on the effects of Lupus and the damage it can inflict. 2. Make sure new information is readily available to those who suffer from Lupus. 3. Raise and allocate funds for Lupus to clinical research nationally. 4. Provide unwavering support by breaking down barriers by effectively creating programs for lupus patients and their families.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
The 'A' in ASK Lupus
The 'S' in ASK Lupus
The 'K' in ASK Lupus
Aniysha Trice, the A in ASK Lupus is 30 years old, holds a Master’s degree in Human Services which she earned in 2012. Aniysha was diagnosed with Lupus nephritis in 2010 which affects her kidney. After Aniysha’s diagnosis, she experienced many complications such as high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures as well as a form of brain cancer (lymphoma). Aniysha was determined not to let these complications from Lupus get in the way of her career goals. While in and out of the hospital she completed her Master’s program and earned her degree. Aniysha has chronic end stage kidney failure is currently on dialysis three days a week while working a full time job as a drug and alcohol counselor. She will be receiving a kidney transplant within the next three years.
Sakeena Trice, the S in ASK Lupus is a 27 year old recent graduate from Florida Coastal Law. Sakeena was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (S.L.E.) in 2010. Sakeena suffers from lung complications, skin and joint inflammation, seizures and was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. While attending law school in Jacksonville Florida Sakeena experienced a series of uncontrollable seizures and was transported from a classroom setting to the emergency room on several occasions. There's no indication that Lupus (or anything else!) will prevent her from reaching her goals. Sakeena is now practicing law as an attorney in New York City.
Kareema Trice , the K in ASK Lupus is 26 years old and have been experiencing symptoms since 2010. Kareema’s first indicator was a rash that spread all over her body. Kareema battles with severe joint pain and swelling in her feet. In 2016 Kareema was diagnosed with a tumor on her left toe and had to forgo a surgical procedure. She is currently being seen by a Rheumatologist for regular blood work evaluations until given an official diagnosis. Kareema continues to pursue her educational goal to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University.
Veronica Phillips , was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2002, single mother of three daughters that has been diagnosed or in the process of being diagnosed with lupus. Veronica has close to 20 years of experience working in a non-profit organization as a Director of Workforce Development Programs. Having worked in the non-profit sector in various positions Veronica has developed challenging, enriching, and innovative program training modules and curricula focused on the needs of individuals within the community. Her expertise in the field of leadership plays a huge role of her daughters success in spite of the adversities they face in battling lupus.