I'm Walking to End Lupus. Join me and understand why this cause is so important to our family!!
I am attending the Walk to End Lupus Now in Hudson Valley on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in support of my husband, Jarrad Monroe who suffers from Lupus SLE among other friends and family members who suffer from it too. Unfortunately, Lupus is an autoimmune disease that destroys his own cells by killing even the good cells that help him against immunity. Jarrod has had Lupus since he was a young boy. He was told he wasn't going to make it past 20 years old and has had multiple death scares as a child. However, he has push through, being strong, and he is still here!! Lupus primary attacks the kidneys and is the cause of kidney failure for him which started 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. See updates for more details on his struggle.
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 of America 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!!!!
APRIL 2020 UPDATE
Lupus came roaring back into life with the lapse in medications. He is unfortunately now back into remission and fighting for his life again. Kidney transplant is a life saving measure to him and since Lupus caused so much damage to his transplant kidney they had to remove it. Jarrad also developed other Lupus complications since then. He now needs to go back on dialysis three times a week for four hours with a possibility of another kidney transplant in the future. Those precious hours he is being treated, he could be spending time with his family. So, please consider helping my family and families like us who suffer from Lupus SLE.
There are many ways you can help: You can either join our team BubbaBear during the Lupus Walk on Saturday, October 3, 2020, joining virtually, or by making a small donation. No amount is too small so please consider donating. The Monroes 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!