February 3, 2021
Lupus LA enters the fastest growing media market with the new Your Story Our Fight® podcast which will give a voice to lupus patients while continuing Lupus LA’s mission to raise lupus awareness worldwide. Hosted by the Chairman of Lupus LA and lupus patient himself, Adam Selkowitz, patients from all walks of life will share stories about their unique lupus journeys. With a focus on inspiration and hope, Lupus LA’s podcast will provide support and optimism to a patient community looking for assurance that they are not alone.
Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of the Board, Lupus LA
Adam Selkowitz is the founder and owner of Waterfall Films. He initially pursued an acting career, receiving a degree in Drama from Ithaca College. Adam then spent 6 years in New York, working mostly with an improv/sketch comedy group that he created called Spilt Milk. Spilt Milk performed across the country at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events and was the official sketch comedy group at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway for several years. Following his run with Spilt Milk, Adam moved to Los Angeles and switched from acting to production in creating Waterfall Films. The company’s original project, Greener Mountains, is an award-winning independent film available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. Currently, the company has multiple projects in active development and has focused more recently on obtaining intellectual property rights around those projects.
In 1987 Adam was diagnosed with lupus and in 1999 he co-founded Lupus LA with Dr. Daniel Wallace and a small group of committed board members. Adam has led Lupus LA as Chairman of the Board for most of the last 20 years and has been at the forefront of the organization’s accomplishments, including raising over $10 million for lupus research, bringing a robust patient services program to Southern California and raising more global awareness for lupus than ever before. In addition, Adam is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors and sits on their Leadership Council. He is also an Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Shannon is a newly-diagnosed lupus patient who was born and raised in San Diego, California, and has been involved in athletics and team sports since early childhood. Shannon moved to Los Angeles in 1996, and graduated from UCLA in 1999. Shannon had a successful career in the finance industry before taking a break from the business world so that she could focus on raising her three daughters. Shannon has combined her loves of exercise science, sports, fitness, and mentoring, and has obtained her Certified Personal Trainer designation from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, one of the most rigorous and well-respected governing agencies in the fitness industry. In addition, Shannon is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and also holds credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as both a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, giving her a unique skill set and the ability to provide clients with additional levels of expertise.
Episode ONE of the Your Story Our Fight® podcast welcomes Juana Mata, a lupus patient and lupus advocate to talk about her life as a patient and her work with Looms 4 Lupus, a popular support group within the lupus community.
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