I live with a Warrior.
Shannon is one of the strongest people I know, though daily her body tells her that she's weak. She's one of the smartest people I know, though at times she has difficulty retaining a clear mind. She is one of the most kind-hearted souls I know, though she is stricken with pains that create severe irritability. She is one of the most dedicated and persistent people I know... though sometimes I know she'd like to just give up.
She does not. She is a Warrior.
She has never been particularly forthcoming with the challenges she faces, nor with asking others to help. Warriors are funny that way. Now, though, she has become laser-focused on telling a story to the world that is often overlooked. She wants to spread awareness of Lupus, what it does - what the experience of fighting this Wolf is truly like. She wants people to see the images, to hear the stories, and to help us rid the world of this awful disease.
It all starts now.
In September, we will be Walking to help raise awareness. But the march has already begun. We are gathering donations for the cause, to put towards research to ending the disease, to better identifying it (often takes years) and also to better treating those affected until there is a cure. This page will remain open for donations until September 28th, and I will be posting links to it mulitple times on social media, through email, etc. I hope that you will not only give, but share this and encourage others to give.
This Army needs more Warriors, and I'm asking you to be one.
(below is the suggested message from the Lupus Foundation of America)
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!