Hello! As many of you know, before I was born, my mom was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that can negatively affect any organ in the body. Throughout my life, I have witnessed her experience painful arthritis in different areas of her body, various bad side effects to medication, high blood pressure, extreme fatigue, weight gain from steroids, kidney disease, and a number of other physical ailments. The many drugs, doctors’ visits, biopsies, medical exams, and experiencing a loved one die of the disease years ago have caused lupus to take a major emotional toll on my mom. She hasn’t let any of these hardships keep her down, though, and she is the strongest person I know.
My mom has been extremely blessed with high-quality medical care and family and friend support, but we know that this is not the reality for many living with lupus and other chronic illnesses. This year, I want to do something special to help her and the approximately 1.5 million other people living with lupus better cope and hopefully experience a cure to this cruel disease.
On September 15, I will be running with Team Make Your Mark for the Lupus Foundation of America at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. The Foundation has achieved incredible success in garnering research dollars, public awareness and advances in treatment. But more help is needed. I hope you will donate any amount to my running team to help me reach my fundraising goal of $1,500.***Raised to $2,000 after exceeding my first AND second goals!!***
What We Know about Lupus
- Lupus is a complex disease that is hard to diagnose. 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.
Thank you for taking time to read this and for considering making a contribution!