I am Racing to End lupus!
Last year I ran the Dopey Challenge in January and the Richmond Anthem Half Marathon in November. It was a bumpy year with some steps back and some great strides forward. I continue to learn how to live and be active with Lupus and am looking forward to a year of new challenges.
Kam bought me a road bike for Christmas and I started Swimming lessons in December. I don't know which triathlon I'm going to do first - but I hope to do one this year! I also am hoping to repeat the Dopey Challenge again in 2020!
For me Lupus is a constant battle of joint pain, exhaustion, viruses and sometimes a bright facial rash. I'm lucky it has yet to affect my organs. When I was originally diagnosed I was looking at wheelchairs because I couldn't walk unassisted. Now with treatments I swim bike and run and am so grateful every day I can be active and don't have any plans to slow down.
Join me and support the mission of the Lupus Foundation of America! My goal is to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States. Your donation will 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!
Did you know?
- Lupus is a complex disease that is hard to define. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- While lupus mainly affects women between the ages of 15-44, men and children are not spared.
- 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.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat lupus.
Let's end this cycle now! By making a donation today you are joining the fight against lupus! - Thank you so much for your support and donation!
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