The organization was founded shortly after Mat's Grandmother (Nan) passed away in October 201. She suffered from Lupus for many years and always managed to put on a brave face when anybody visited. She was a very proud, loyal and caring person.
Throughout everything Mat's Nan went through, Mat's Grandfather was always there to support and stand by her. He was a very dedicated and loving husband. After her passing, when Mat decided to start 'Running for Lupus', he quickly became our biggest supporter. He was always very proud of the awareness campaign and would look forward to seeing photos from around the World and hearing all the latest updates. Sadly he passed two years later in November 2013.
It isn't just those who have Lupus who are affected by the disease. Lupus affects all of us. This is why it is our sincere hope that one day there will be a cure for this disease, or even a better form of treatment.