Friends and Family,
This year, I am fortunate to be chairing the Chicago Walk to End Lupus Now for the Lupus Foundation of America for the fourth consecutive year. I joined the fight to end lupus about eight years ago when my dad, Phil Selman, was first diagnosed with this cruel and mysterious disease. But my dad is only 1 of 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffering from lupus.
Many of you who are visiting my page today likely made a contribution to my efforts last year -- your dollars have had a direct, tangible impact on so many lives... check it out: Since last May, we've started several support groups throughout the area, including in some suburbs, where patients can meet others fighting the disease and gain access to resources to help them navigate the challenges they face from a physical, mental, social and financial perspective. Your dollars have translated into local programming in the Chicago market, including a hugely successful panel event featuring renowned speakers and practitioners who talked to lupus patients and their caregivers about maximizing their good days and living healthier lifestyles despite the disease. And, we've grown our Chicago walk commitee by 13 people this year. That's 13 more people inspired to devote hours each month planning for a future without lupus. This is great progress, but I also know that having only one drug ever approved by the FDA to treat this disease is unacceptable and so there is more work to be done.
I’m Walking to End Lupus as a trailblazer -- I've committed to raising at least $1,000 this year, though my goal is set at $5,000. I'm confident that with your support, I'll knock it out of the park. Will you 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? 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.
- 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! And, of course, please consider joining me and my family on walk day -- your physical support is so appreciated.