Chicago Marathon Runner Raises Funds for “Life Without Lupus”

Kelly Soljacich is a true friend and someone who doesn’t give up in the face of a challenge. She proved that when she trained and ran in the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise money for the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) in honor of one of her best friends Dina Thachet, who was diagnosed with S.L.E. (systemic lupus erythematosus), stage four lupus nephritis, in her early 20s.

Kelly and Dina

Kelly and Dina

Kelly knew about Dina’s battle through chemotherapy, bone-deteriorating steroids and other treatments that often seemed as barbaric and terrible as the sickness. For the last 17 years Dina has strived to educate the general public about lupus and the importance of not only finding better treatments, but a cure.

Kelly with her marathon medalKelly wanted to help. She ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2010, hoping to raise as much money as awareness that day. Friends, colleagues and family supported her through donations, matching gifts and a fundraising party at The Red Canary Gastro Lounge on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. She and her husband even created their own website RunKellyRun.com! Run she did, raising close to $5,000 for lupus research and honoring her friend Dina Thachet. Way to go, Kelly, and thank you!