May is Lupus Awareness Month and marks my 11th year working at the Lupus Foundation of America. During this time, the Foundation’s work has contributed to the approval of the first drug developed specifically to treat lupus, the development of a test to help diagnose lupus, more federal funding allocated to lupus research, and greater awareness of the disease. But more must be done to bring an end to this devastating and potentially fatal autoimmune disease.
You Have the Power to Make a Difference! Your donation will support the continued work of the Lupus Foundation of America to advance lupus research and provide resources and support to those living with the disease.
Each year I make an effort to fundraise for the Foundation and I do it in honor of the many Lupus Warriors I’ve met who have inspired me with their bravery, resilience and unwavering commitment to no only fight this disease for themselves but also for others.
Men account for 10 percent of those with lupus. This year my motivation comes from the following male Lupus Warriors:
- Brian who was diagnosed at age 14 and has endured chemotherapy, steroids, medicine for high blood pressure, and Fosamax for brittle bones while waiting for a new treatment for lupus.
- Rudy who, due to lupus, suffers such severe Raynaud’s that it causes him to move away from his family to a warm climate during the winter months to help manage the pain.
- Chad who avoids being outside and must wear hats, and UV protective clothing because the sun and UV lights increase his disease activity.
- Michael Jon who lost his courageous 10-year battle with lupus at the young age of 24.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support!