Hope for Lu­pus

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By DOM GA­LEON

Jus­tice Un­der­sec­re­tary Em­me­line Agli­pay-Vil­lar may be a busy woman, but this has never stopped her from work­ing for a cause as noble as ded­i­cat­ing her time to lu­pus aware­ness.

Em, wife to Pub­lic Works and High­ways Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar and mother to three­year-old Emma, was di­ag­nosed with lu­pus at 25. De­spite this, she keeps on fight­ing. Through her own jour­ney with lu­pus, she re­al­ized that there are more peo­ple out there who are sim­i­larly si­t­u­ated, ex­cept that they may not be as for­tu­nate as her.

This is why in 2015, she started a foun­da­tion called Hope for Lu­pus. It is ded­i­cated to lu­pus aware­ness and to help­ing in­di­gent pa­tients suf­fer­ing from the disease get proper di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment, as well as the emo­tional and men­tal sup­port needed to deal with their sit­u­a­tion.

“I re­al­ized that what­ever rea­sons I had for hes­i­tat­ing to do this, to put up a foun­da­tion, was eclipsed by the need to help those who are more in need,”Em told the Manila Bul­letin.

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