Welcome Team Rab! Whether you're joining my Walk to End Lupus Now fundraising efforts for the first time or have been walking by my side for over a decade, I'm so glad you're here and found your way to my page.
2019 marked 10 years since my life forever changed because of lupus. And while it's important for me to share the bad days - the chronic pain, the tears, the frustration - to help educate and spread awareness about this cruel disease, right now I want to simply focus on the inspiring strides our team has made in this last decade for the Lupus Foundation of America + for the millions of others living with lupus. I don't have the exact figures, but together Team Rab has raised upwards of $50,000 to fund vital lupus research and education, and I have no doubt in my mind that we will hit the $100,000 mark during the next decade!
It was bittersweet to miss last year's walk, but I was elated to see my baby brother graduate from my alma matter (Go Blue!). Now, I'm ramping up for Team Rab's return to South Street Seaport, and I couldn't be more ready to kickoff the decade with you. Join us on Saturday, May 2nd if you're able to and, most importantly, please consider a gift of any amount to support my fight against lupus. I couldn't be more grateful for everything you've made possible by giving to my campaign for the last 10 years.
As cliché as it might sound, and as strong as I may seem on my good days, I couldn't do any of this without you - my support system...my team!
With love and appreciation, Rachel
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.