I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
It is Lupus Awareness Month and I have joined my office team to raise MONEY and awareness for lupus through Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now® event in Washington DC. I have worked for the Foundation for almost 6 years and I have countless lupus warriors that inspire me every day as I look for new ways to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
There has only been one drug approved for lupus over the past 50 years. If that drug does not work for a person's type of lupus, the standard of care is steroids, chemotherapy and anti-malarials. This is unacceptable and lupus makes it nearly impossible for people to feel good every day. One day they may be fine and the next day they may not be able to get out of bed.
In my work, I have the opportunity to meet and fund some amazing lupus researchers. The Lupus Foundation of America is dedicated to funding smart research in areas that have the greatest need—with the goal to end the pain and suffering for those impacted by lupus. Our decade long commitment to stem cell research has led to a first-of-its-kind phase II adult mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) clinical study for the treatment of moderate to severe lupus. This research has the potential to generate faster progress toward finding a new and improved treatment for lupus.
This clinical study represents a bold step forward in lupus research. Stem cell therapy holds promise as a safe and effective alternative for people with lupus who do not benefit from the current treatments available. We cannot afford to wait another 50 years for new treatments. People with lupus need and deserve more and better treatment options now.
I am asking you to PLEASE 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 $100 or $50 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!