It can strike anyone at any time: Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood disease in which the immune system is out of balance causing damage to any organ system in the body.
My name is Joshua Davis and and as my 2017 Senior Project: I started a fundraiser for the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. The fundraiser is in Memory of my Uncle Curtis, who passed away when I was 11 years old. I began participating in the walk with my mother and my aunt in 2009. This year's walk date is the 10-year anniversary of my uncles' passing.
My Uncle Curtis was diagnosed with Lupus SLE in 1993 when he was 33 years old. He lost his battle with Lupus in 2009 at the age of 49. During the 16 years he lived with Lupus he was the best uncle I could have ever had. He moved from Boston to Atlanta the day I was born.
He was very talented: a gifted artist, antique restorer and singer. He used his artistic talents to help me with my science projects for school: and he made puppets of my favorite cartoon characters when I was 4 years old. That is part of the reason I'm going to become an actor. I use the puppets that he made for me in a "one man" puppet show that I started in October of 2017.
My Uncle Curtis was a member of Ben Hill UMC and also a member of the Bishop C. L. Henderson Male Chorus. During the last 2 years of his life he was always there for me: he would come over every Tuesday night because my mom had to go to choir rehearsal. And he would pick me up from school every day because my mom was at work; just as he did on the day he passed away, April 27, 2009.
Please join me and the "Hallelujah Walkers for Lupus". In 2017 we raised over $3,300 and last year we raised over $3,100. This year our goal is to reach a 3-year combined total of $10,000 in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Memory of Curtis Edward Byther, my "Uncle Curtis".