This year, I’m Walking to End Lupus. Will you join me?
For the past couple of years, I've invited loved ones to Wear Purple for Lupus as a means to raise awareness of this disease. This year, I'm literally stepping my advocacy and awareness up a notch -- this year, I'm participating in the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Atlanta, GA to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million other people living with lupus in the United States.
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 more action in the fight against lupus via Steps for Stephanie!
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 $10 or $25 or $50 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.
I began having symptoms in 2010, and as my body was breaking down, I was finally diagnosed in early 2013. On average, it takes about 4-5 years for a correct diagnosis, as the symptoms mimic many other diseases.
- 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.
My lungs and joints are most affected, but Lupus is one of these "Invisible Diseases." Although I may not feel well, most days, you can't look at me and tell. Some days are better than others.
- While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
Research indicates there is some familial/genetic link as well. After my diagnosis I learned of family members (women) that have Lupus.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
Currently, I take medications created to prevent Malaria to treat my Lupus. That is why funding for a cure is so vitally important!
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. #kNOwLUPUS! Won't you help?
I truly appreciate your generosity and support!