I don't often share about this part of my life, but here we go. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 13 and every year since then I've been a part of the Lupus week at Camp Sunshine. Camp was really the only place I felt comfortable talking about Lupus and being honest with the fact that it does impact my daily life. If you know me, you know how much I love Camp. Anyway, I participated in the Lupus walk when I was in my early high school years and was joined there by some of my Camp Family. I haven't returned to the walk since then because of the highlight that they put on the walkers with Lupus and I didn't want to be recognized as someone with Lupus. It's been my young campers (ages 9-12) that have shown me over the years how important it is to advocate for ourselves and our friends. This past year, we lost a very special camper. She was in her early teen years and had so many beautiful goals in life, one of which was becoming a pediatric rheumatologist and helping others learn to live with their Lupus. So, here I am, back again to Walk to End Lupus Now for myself, for Willow, for my campers, and all others aflicted with this whacky illness.
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I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Imagine a day when doctors can say, “There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now® to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
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? A generous contribution of $25 or $55 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!