Another Lupie year is upon us, almost to Lupus Awareness Month already! For those of you who do not know, my mother Sabrina was diagnosed with Lupus and has been living with it for many years now. Each year, our family and friends travel to Jacksonville, Florida to participate in the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with Lupus in the United States. My mother, grandmother, and little sister all have auto-immune related diseases, and raising awareness about the effects it has on their lives, along with the hundreds of thousands of other people living with these diseases is very important to me.
As someone who not only loves my mother, but as someone who witnesses the struggles she lives with, from medication-related issues to chronic pain to random attacks on her body, I will forever be in this fight with her and doing what I can to support the LFA, their research, and their passion for finding a cure for this disease, as there currently is not one.
Each year, along with participating in the walk, I ask for donations to reach my personal fundraising goal that supports the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by Lupus. Any contribution amount can make a definite impact.
Did you know?
- 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.
- Lupus is a mysterious and very misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person completely 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.
Together, we can help solve the cruel mystery of Lupus. Thank you so much for your support and generosity!