I am walking and fighting for my daughter Melissa Fricks on May 18th. If someone asked me who my hero and inspiration is I would say Melissa. She has so much strength, courage and perseverance to get through every situation Lupus throws her way. Her attitude is contagious to anyone that is around her. Her attitude is one of HOPE. HOPE that a cure can be found so she can lead a normal, pain free life.
Melissa was diagnosed at the age of 9 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The last 19 years have been terrifying and exhausting. Lupus has attacked her heart, her lungs, her kidneys, her joints, her skin and her life.
Team "Pounding the Pavement for Melissa" is for Melissa and everyone else that is battling Lupus.
Lupus is hidden, unpredictable, undefined and misunderstood. It strikes without warning, ravages different parts of the body and can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is chronic, debilitating, destructive and can be fatal. There is no known cause and no known cure. I’m participating in Walk to End Lupus Now™ because I want to make a difference in the lives of the 1.5 million Americans affected by lupus.
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? Also, 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.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!