I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Hi my name is Kristen Kelley. I was diagnosed with lupus (lupus erythematosus SLE) at the age of 15. I have been living with this relentless, impossible, careless, cruel and at times frightening disease for 30 years. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that is caused by autoimmunity. People with Lupus have unusual antibodies that target against their own body tissues. It attacks your own healthy cells and tissues which causes inflammation. Inflammation causes swelling, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. It can affect the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints,brain or blood cells, and nervous system. Lupus is the Latin word for wolf, due to the butterfly rash seen on the cheeks of many lupus patients in the mid 1800's was so similar to the facial markings of a wolf they decided to chose this name. This ugly thief of a disease has broken into my body and has stolen my life from me and it has robbed me of my energy and my hopes and goals I had once set. So I will not stop fighting to win my life back! Living with Lupus has made me a fighter, a little bit stronger so I can GET UP! and SHOW UP! everyday. So please join me in my fight for a cure by donating or even registering to walk for our annual Lupus Walk.
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 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!