2019 Walk to End Lupus Now, DC

Team Cherokee

Welcome to our fundraising team page!

Join us as we participate in the Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now® to raise funds and awareness for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.

Will you join our team and help us reach our fundraising goal? You’ll be supporting the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. You can also support by making a secure contribution on our walk page. 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.
  • 1 in 537 young black women are impacted by lupus.
  • The groundbreaking LUMINA (Lupus in Minority Populations: Nature vs. Nurture) study reported that African American lupus patients are more likely to have organ system involvement, more active disease, and lower levels of social support compared with white lupus patients.
  • A 2014 study found that minority women tend to develop lupus at a younger age, experience more serious complications, and have higher mortality rates.
  • On average, it takes nearly six years for people with lupus to be diagnosed, from the time they first notice their lupus symptoms.
    A majority (63%) of people with lupus surveyed report being incorrectly diagnosed. Of those reporting incorrect diagnosis, more than half of them (55%) report seeing four or more different healthcare providers for their lupus symptoms before being accurately diagnosed.
  • Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.

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