I'm Walking to End Lupus. Join me and understand why this cause is so important to my husband and I!
I am attending the Walk to End Lupus Now in Hudson Valley on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in support of my husband, Jarrad Monroe who suffers from Lupus SLE. Unfortunately, Lupus is an autoimmune disease that his own cells automatically attack his body including the good cells. He has had Lupus since he was a young boy. He was told he wasn't going to live past 20 years old. He has had multiple death scares as a child. However, he has push through, been strong, and still here!! Also, because of Lupus, it has destroyed his kidneys back in 2016 and needed a new kidney because of this systemic disease. Thankfully he got his transplant July 31, 2017. However, he battles daily to stay strong to fight this debilitating Lupus disease. Lupus is a chronic awful disease but seeing him day in and day out can be heart breaking some days when he is at his worst. I just wish I could whisk the pain away but unfortunately this is something he will battle with every day for the rest of his life. Jarrod isn't the only one affected by this disease. Millions of Americans battle it every day. So please find it in your heart to donate to the Lupus Organization so they continue to do their research for a cure.
AUGUST 2017 UPDATE
Jarrad Monroe received a new kidney transplant on July 31st, 2017! Nothing will hold this man back from anything. Not even Lupus SLE! Stay strong Jarrad!!!!
Ways you can help: You can either join our team BubbaBear during the Lupus Walk on Saturday, October 5, 2019 or by making a small donation. No amount is too small so please consider donating if you can't join me. Jarrad Monroe and I will greatly appreciate it.
Some more information on Lupus SLE by Lupus Foundation of America
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 in Newburgh, NY 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 $5 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. However, Jarrad is the rare percentage of men that actually obtain this disease.
* 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 in advance for your generosity!