Wendy Rodgers, a native Texan, is formerly a Math & Science Teacher who holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Houston and a Masters in Education with a specialization in multicultural teaching from National University. She currently resides in Southern California. Wendy has 1 daughter, Meghan.
In early 2000, Wendy experienced acute changes in her health that led her to the diagnosis of systemic lupus, kidney failure, and ultimately a life-threatening battle with a myriad of complications. After enduring nine years on dialysis, Wendy was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant. Her acute blend of health conditions motivated her to serve as an advocate through the Lupus Foundation of America, the Renal Support Network, and Donate Life.
Her story has been featured in various media sources to increase public awareness through sources which have included the Oprah.com Website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, the 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade, the Lupus Now Magazine, AOL Black Voices, the New York Times Patient Voices Series on Lupus, and the exclusive 2012 edition of MORE Magazine’s article, Against All Odds.
Over the years, Wendy has encouraged and modeled hope to others who live with the daily health challenges of lupus while advocating for better health policy and medical treatment.
She was named one of the “12 Most Inspiring Women” by Donate Life America as a result of her community outreach; was a participant in the 1st National Lupus Awareness Ad Campaign, “Could I Have Lupus?” where she shared her face, voice, and personal experience with lupus to raise nationwide awareness about this deceptively devastating disease; and recently contributed to the first ever public health agenda for lupus.