I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
The Lupus Foundation of NC’s annual “Walk to End Lupus Now” event in Charlotte is on May 18. We are walking in honor of Denise, and would like to personally invite all of you who want to walk with us to come. She was a warrior and was the strongest person I have ever known.
Denise passed away in September 2018 from complications of Lupus. She suffered an acute bilateral ischemic stroke. Both of her carotid arteries were blocked by blood clots. The damage was sudden and catastrophic.
She was first diagnosed with Lupus at age 19 and dealt with the physical and emotional effects of this disease for 20 years, suffering through many complications caused by Lupus. Her medical records are voluminous due to the many doctor appointments, emergency room visits, hospital admissions including numerous ICU stays and surgeries. Lupus was responsible for four heart attacks, the emergency removal of one kidney and chronic lupus involvement in the other, surgeries to repair spontaneous perforations in her colon resulting in partial loss of her sigmoid colon with four additional colon surgeries, the development of numerous abdominal abscesses, life threating infections, vasculitis, pericarditis, dyspnea, rheumatoid arthritis pain, neuropathies, mental ‘fog’, rashes, fatigue and cataracts among many other things.
Denise faced more than her fair share of pain and suffering in her short life. Her strength, courage, resiliency and dignity in dealing with very serious and life-threatening medical complications for over 20 years will forever continue to awe and inspire us. She was truly a WARRIOR.
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!