Happy New Year!
A new year means setting goals and making resolutions. It's an exciting time full of hope for the future and, to me, there is no better time to kick off my fundraising for the Lupus Foundation of America's FL Chapter.
For the last few years, I've shared lengthy information on this page. Not much has changed over the years though. I am still a mother, daughter, sister, family member and friend surviving Lupus. I was given this life-changing diagnosis in 2002 and have been fighting this seemingly never-ending battle against the disease ever since! Unfortunately, the other thing that hasn't changed is that there is STILL NO CURE FOR LUPUS!
In October 2018 I became an official LFA ambassador along with fifteen other amazing individuals who are on a mission to educate others about lupus, raise awareness about the needs of people living with lupus, and advocate for all of us in need of a cure! Part of our mission as ambassadors is also to support research that can lead to a cure. Research is ongoing and for it to continue, financial support is necessary.
The Walk to End Lupus Now in Jacksonville on May 19, 2019 is just one event happening in our state to help accomplish the ultimate mission. There is nothing like being surrounded by people who are battling the same beast! It is empowering, yet heartbreaking. Whether a patient or caregiver, lupus impacts entire families! I could talk for hours about my personal battle with lupus and all the ways it has impacted my life. Right now though, all I can think of are the family members walking in rememberance of loved ones who have died from Lupus. As someone battling the disease, it is profoundly heartbreaking to see the banners and the faces of the people carrying them at the walk. You instantly want to hug them and let them know you feel for them deeply. For me, it is also a scary reminder in an up close & personal way that I too could lose my life to this disease. It is a harsh reality because there is NO CURE and that MUST change! No generation that comes after me should have to face life with lupus!
I’ve made a personal commitment to fight Lupus and all that those words entail both personally and in my community! I'm fighting for myself, my children, my family and for everyone battling this disease. It's time to do something! Will you help me?
Like everyone Lupus touches, I dream of the day when doctors can say, “There is a cure.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against this dreadful disease. Please join me as I participate in the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Jacksonville, Florida to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with Lupus in the United States.
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.
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? Your contribution can make a huge impact! Every single dollar counts!
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of Lupus!