Two Organizations, one mission

We’re powered by our partners Suffering the Silence, with one shared aim: to empower our community to own their story.

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 Erica Lupinacci - Suffering the Silence Co-Founder & Director of Communications

Talking about the things that matter

Suffering the Silence (STS) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to leveraging the power of art, media, and storytelling to raise awareness around the life experiences of people living with chronic illnesses and disability.  

We work to build impactful relationships within those communities and to empower patients, friends, and family members to speak out and share their stories. Together, we believe this act of sharing can and will transform the medical and social perception of life with chronic illness.

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 Allie Cashel - Suffering the Silence Co-Founder & President

Founded by empowered patients

Allie Cashel and Erica Lupinacci have been best friends since middle school. Allie has chronic Lyme disease and Erica has Lupus. They both experienced the peaks of their illnesses at the same time but they rarely discussed it with one another.

Allie and Erica founded Suffering the Silence to create a community committed to encouraging people suffering from chronic illness to break their silences and speak out.

Allie and Erica's Story

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