I’m Walking to End Lupus. Here's why....
On August 13, 2004, I received a call that changed my life. I had just arrived to Savannah to unload my belongings to start my Sophmore year at Savannah State University,when I was informed that all my test results indicated I had Lupus. I had no knowledge of this disease, so I decided to do a little research. Terrified simply because the main words that stuck out was UNKNOWN, NO CURE, and LIFE THREATENING. What lead me to get tested for Lupus? Well a month prior to being tested, I woke up after going to bed perfectly fine unable to move. I went to the ER and was informed that I was having muscle spasms. It went on for a couple of weeks before my best friend decided to take me to a different hospital for a second opinion. The nurse did a thorough assessment and knew that I was experiencing the first stage of Lupus.........
Could you imagine waking up unable to move? Going to several doctor appointments with no explanation of why you are experiencing this along with other symptoms. It's a very terrifying and horrible feeling!!!
I am waiting for that day when doctors and researchers 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 [city] 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? A generous contribution of $25 or $55 can make a definite 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.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!