Crowning Lupus FOUNDER BIOGRAPHY
A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Jade Nealious is one woman on a mission. Graduating from the University of South Carolina Columbia with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism, she is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Southern Wesleyan University. But that’s only one part of the strategic puzzle to her life. At twenty-nine years of age, Jade is now a thirteen-year survivor of lupus. The type that she has is SLE or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. While many have Lupus, it affects every individual differently, even those with the same type. Jade has been hospitalized a number of times, battling drops in her blood platelet count. A low blood platelet count can lead to a number of issues including, but not limited to, internal bleeding, fatigue, or death. Jade said that “life is about choices! God enables every individual the ability to DECIDE what path he/she wants to take — It’s up to us to take the positive course!”
Through her efforts and vision, she is committed to raising funding towards traveling Lupus support groups and giving back to South Carolina & Georgia families that are affected by Lupus through awareness programs and efforts. Not to mention, she was honored as the May 2017 WJBF News Channel 6’s Women to Watch recipient. She was also honored as the December 2013 WJBF News Channel 6’s Giving Your Best Award recipient for “giving your best to your fellow man through your compassion for others and your commitment to the community.” In addition to these amazing honors, Jade was names as the October 2014 Quarterly Adjuvant for A. Bevy Inc. and chosen by Aiken Standard as Nonprofit of the Week in April 2015. But it doesn’t stop there! She is a 2015 Jim Casey Community Service Award nominee for UPS and was chosen to be recognized by the CEO for her community service hours in the community under our organization out of 400,000 employees. Jade is responsible for creating the Brown Goes Purple initiative at UPS. Last but not least, Jade was recently inducted into Thomas Media Group’s Class of 2015 Top 40 under 40 for the South Carolina Black Pages.
Today, Jade continues embarking on the mission to spread Lupus awareness and give back to communities across South Carolina and the CSRA regions of Georgia through her nonprofit organization, Crowning Lupus, and motivational speaking. Despite starting her efforts in February 2013 to raise funding toward finding a cure for Lupus, Jade has raised thousands towards her mission. Not only does she continue to raise a large amount of funding to assist lupus survivors, she also raises funding and/or in-kind donations for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.<?p>
I am committed to serving lupus survivors. The ability to serve others is my passion. Through Crowning Lupus, I am able to use my passion to make a difference in the lives of people both near and afar. I am blessed to be able to do what I love!