In the past, I participated in the Lupus Walk with my dear friend Nicky. It was an easy way to join and support him as he quietly dealt with this mysterious disease for most of his life.
Nicky's family, my friends, and I will be walking without Nicky this year. We suddenly lost him to lupus on June 2, 2020, and the world became dimmer that day.
Nicky was first diagnosed with lupus at 14 years old and spent a lot of time in the hospital. Through that experience he met many doctors. In seeing the drastic differences in bedside manner, he was inspired to pursue medicine to become a doctor that shows genuine kindness and compassion to his patients. At his death, Nicky was living this dream as a pediatric resident, and his program post-humously created an award in his honor to recognize future residents with a passion for pediatrics.
Read more about his life here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bonita-ca/nicholas-cabal-9209352
Join Me in the Fight Against Lupus
Imagine a day when doctors can say, there is a cure for lupus. A day when we don't have to lose friends, like Nicky. 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!