I am Walking to End Lupus. Join Me!
Many of my family members and friends have been diagnosed with lupus (SLE). Sadly now my 18 year old son suffers daily from this devastating disease. I was diagnosed with SLE in January of 2005. This relentless disease has affected almost every organ and joint in my body. I have to take multiple medications daily to control the pain and suppress my immune system so that the antibodies in my body don't continue to attack my organs and joints. My lupus is life-threatening. In October of 2006 I almost died of constrictive heart failure from lupus. I needed open heart surgery, a pericardiectomy, to save my life. I continue to have heart and vein issues. Although I look healthy on the outside, I live in relentless pain and experience cronic fatigue, heart, digestive, and respiratory issues, lapses in memory, anxiety with depression and a compromised immune system. My son Jeremy is now following down this same painful and depressing path. It has become my mission to save him from the life of suffering that comes with lupus. With our donations to fund research, we can all make a difference.
Imagine a day when doctors can say, "There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Jacksonville to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Will you make a donation to help me reach my personal fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus? Any contribution, big or small can make an impact. What’s more, if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program to employees, you may be able to double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Every single dollar counts.
Did you know?
- Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
- While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
2018 Jacksonville Walk To End Lupus info:
WALK TO END LUPUS NOW, JACKSONVILLE
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Location: Riverside Arts Market - 715 Riverside Avenue
Food Truck/Vendor Check-in: 1:00-1:30pm
Wellness Expo: 2:00pm
Route Length: 1.2 miles with the option to shorten the route to suit your needs and abilities
Don't forget to join the official walk group page on Facebook and share it with your friends! https://m.facebook.com/groups/1694775314130125/
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!
With much appreciation,