Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Location:
John B. Todd Stadium
12465 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606

Check-in: 5:00 p.m.
Ceremony: 6:00 p.m.
Walk: 6:30 p.m.
Route Length: 1 mile

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We are pleased to announce our Youth Honoree for the 2018 Walk to End Lupus Now! 

Hampton Roads Youth Honoree

Kamiyah 'Kahlani' Kirton is a blossoming 12 year old butterfly who was born in Newport News, Virginia. Kahlani is in 6th grade and attends Phenix K-8 School in Hampton, Virginia. She enjoys writing, drawing and watching videos on YouTube and role playing in video games.

At 11 years of age Kahlani was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. Her mother Chandra noticed that something was going on with her daughter. Kahlani began to experience lethargy, muscle pain, a butterfly rash on her face, arms and legs, and she developed a fever that lasted from April until June. After several months of misdiagnosis she was hospitalized at CHKD in Norfolk. The wonderful staff at the hospital gave her several tests and helped her get well enough to come home. 

Life for Kahlani has gotten back on track and she is adjusting to her new normal. She understands the importance of taking her medicine and how eating the right foods and getting exercise help her stay healthy. Kahlani wants to encourage kids newly diagnosed with Lupus that they are not alone.  Some days are going to be better than others but you have to keep going. It's okay to be scared, just ask questions so you can understand your diagnosis.  

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We are proud to announce Dr. David Maxwell as our Medical Honoree for the Walk to End Lupus Now in Hampton Roads!

Dr. David B Maxwell is a Rheumatology Specialist in Hampton, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1980. He completed his fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.Having 38 years of diverse experiences, especially in treating lupus patients, Dr. David B Maxwell affiliates with many hospitals including Riverside Regional Medical Center, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Sentara Careplex Hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Riverside Physician Services Inc.

Dr. Maxwell is a strong advocate for raising awareness for lupus and the Walk to End Lupus Now in Hampton Roads. Thank you and congratulations Dr. David Maxwell!

Contact:

Courtney Beck
(202) 510-8940
beck@lupus.org

When you take part in a Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now®, you experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Join us in Newport News to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.