LFA 2008 Award to Dr. Dorri Phipps

Dr. Dorri Phipps was awarded the Lupus Foundation of America’s 2008 Spirit Award, at the LFA’s National Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, on July 24, 2008.

Dr. Dorri Phipps is a lupus survivor,for the past twenty four years, and a proud member, of the Omega Omega chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is passionate about finding a cure for lupus and providing persons , of color, with information about lupus.

Dr. Phipps has been instrumental in spreading lupus awareness, throughout the United States,by having lupus adopted as a health initiative, by the Notable North Atlantic Region, of Alpha Kappa Alpha, at a previous regional conference, in New York City. She spoke about lupus, at an AKA conference in
Mississippi, and fostered an ongoing initiative, for lupus awareness, in several of the local churches.

She developed and had implemented, a lupus awareness program initiative, among the members of the Omega Omega chapter of Alpa Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Through her efforts, she was responsible for the National Conference of Baptist Deaconesses, adopting lupus, as their health initiative,  annual conference, held in Georgia, in July 2008.

She has also established lupus contacts, and provided lupus information, to persons, in several countries in Africa.

Dr. Dorri Phipps extends Special Thanks to Pat Robinson Burns, and the members of the Omega Omega Health Committee, for their constant support, and efforts to raise funds and increase awareness, about lupus, in their churches, beauty shops, barbershops, businesses, at the annual Lupus Loop Walk/Run, and among their friends and neighbors.


I believe in angels!

I do believe that wherever we go, whatever we do, we are divinely guided, and sometimes God sends his angels to take care of us. Annie was my angel on this trip to Seattle. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude, but thank you Annie, for being there for me and taking care of me. May God continue to richly bless you.

The symposium was very educative; I’m really glad i was able to attend, thanks to those who helped me get here. You can find the details on the Transverse Myelitis Association website: www.myelitis.org.

I met many really wonderful people. Sandy of course is like an old friend, though we’ve now finally seen each other, and all the lovely people in the TMA, including Ivan from Sri Lanka. It was nice to see Lew and Farshideh again and to meet Michael and Jody from England.

Then the sisters I met in Washington DC – Dorri, from the Lupus Foundation, the other members of her sorority, and her husband Richard. Thanks for the great ideas, and I’ll keep in touch.

I’ll be putting some pictures up, but more on the trip later…