2021 WALK TO END LUPUS NOW, ORANGE COUNTY
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Virtual Event
Click "JOIN MALAYA'S TEAM" to
be a team Papaya Power fundraiser and help Malaya raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America (you can also make an individual donation, if you wish, from this link),
Click "DONATE NOW" to
make a donation--if you want to support Malaya and the Lupus Foundation of America but are not able to participate in the walk and are not able to commit to fundraising.
Welcome, Family and Friends!
My name is Malaya (rhymes with papaya), and I was diagnosed with lupus three years ago when I was 13 years old. I had just started my freshman year at Beckman High School and was looking forward to participating in many activities, making new friends, and enjoying this exciting chapter in my life. This enthusiasm, however, was shattered when I woke up one morning unable to walk and in considerable pain. After being rushed to the hospital and later undergoing a battery of tests, my doctor confirmed that I have lupus. She told me that my immune system had attacked my joints and that immediate steps were required to prevent it from destroying vital organs.
Since then, I've had to make significant changes in my life to manage my symptoms, but I did not let this disease slow me down. I now work with the Lupus Foundation of America as a National Ambassador and a national youth support group facilitator. As a National Ambassador, I speak with congressional representatives, businesses, and community organizations to encourage public and private-sector support for lupus research and healthcare access. As one of only six youth support group facilitators in the country, I meet with children and teens with lupus to listen to their stories and concerns and provide them with current information about lupus. Coping with chronic illness is overwhelming, and it's comforting for them to share experiences in a positive environment with a person of the same age who understands the challenges they face.
I formed a Walk to End Lupus Now team--Papaya Power!--to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America and to help the organization in its efforts to combat Lupus. Will you join my team and help us reach our 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 $100 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. Every single dollar counts.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems—including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. People affected with lupus can have times of very active disease, called a flare, and times where the disease is mostly quiet, called remission.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Please join my team today!
Beckman High School senior