The Grand Marshal for our “End Lupus Walk” has been announced.

4 A’s Sisters Club (Lupus) is honored to introduce the “End Lupus Walk” Grand Marshall for 2022; Mrs. Hester Catalon Thomas ❤️
Hester is a life long resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her rudimentary education at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and is a proud IHM Knight. She attended high school at St. Thomas More Catholic High School and graduated in 1989. She attended The University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communication in May of 1994. In May 2007, she obtained an Associate of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University at Eunice.

In her first job out college, she worked at the University Medical Center (UMC) in the Social Services department. In Social Services, her energy and innovative ideas were critical in designing, organizing and establishing UMC’s Prescription Assistance Program.
Since graduating from nursing school, she has worked as a Registered Nurse in various capacities, including nurse manager of the post-operative unit at Lafayette General Medical Center, now Ochsner Lafayette General. Currently, she serves as Nurse Navigator and was hired as the first Nurse Navigator of the system-wide health organization.
Hester is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and is an active member of the Lafayette Alumnae Chapter. She is also a member of the American Nursing Association, Louisiana State Nurses Association and a Region IV member, and National Association of University Women. Hester had the honor of receiving The Making a Difference Award, Heart Of Nursing Award, Acadiana Celebrates Nursing Award, and Governor John Bel Edward’s Award for Service.

Hester is the wife of Fernando Thomas and have been married for fifteen years. She is the mother of 11 year old, Trey and 13 year old, Ty. Hester is the daughter of Anthony V. Catalon and the late Heddy Sinegal Catalon.
In her past time, she enjoys shopping and traveling. Family is at the center of Hester’s life and the love for and spending time with family is most cherished by her. She is a proud and caring nurse who is dedicated to her nursing profession, the individuals and community she serves. Hester attends Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church and remains a resident in the Upper North Lafayette Community that she grew up in.

500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503

May 7, 2022

Meet Candace Josef Semien

Come meet Candace Josef Semien as she share her story with all of us….

Come meet Candace Josef Semien as she share her story with all of us. Listen,
Lupus is not a butterfly experience for Candace Semien, it is a wolf attack. Since a diagnosis in 2016, she has fought the wolf with God, family, and science. Candace is a volunteer with the Louisiana Lupus Foundation and a national lupus advocate with the Lupus Research Alliance. She works, mothers, and lives with lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome, and (recently) Hashimotos—which, she says, is not a badge of honor, but a reality.

Even as an introvert, Candace is part of a larger voice that speaks up about the crisis of living with lupus. She encourages honest and bold patient, family, and doctor relationships. She pulls and prods for ways to live purposefully while having limited abilities or disabilities.

A journalist by nature, Candace asks hard questions about lupus and shares answers that will improve the lives of people living with chronic, autoimmune diseases. She is an insatiable reader, senior editor for the Jozef Syndicate, and sweet tea lover.


April 21, 2022 at 6PM