On Saturday, September 28th, the team LupusHope will be walking to end lupus. Would you join us?
Imagine a day when doctors can say: “There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day, though, there is work to be done.
Walk with me in downtown Portland, 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.
Living with lupus can be baffling and isolating, as symptoms mimic other illnesses and often do not cause people to look sick.
While lupus can be disabling and potentially fatal, in many cases, the most severe health effects can be managed through aggressive medical treatment and lifestyle changes.
If you want to learn more about living with lupus, please visit www.lupushope.org.
Any contribution has an impact, so if you feel like tipping in, please do! Your employer may offer a Matching Gift Program to employees, so you can double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Every single dollar counts to save lives. Please, help!
Did you know?
• Lupus causes the immune system to attack the body’s own connective tissues and organs, including joints (rheumatoid arthritis), kidneys (lupus nephritis), heart, lungs, brain, blood, and skin (cutaneous lupus).
• It takes, on average, 7 years to be diagnosed. Each case has different symptoms, that’s why it is so hard to diagnose.
• Even though lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women, between 15-44 years old. About five million people are known to be affected worldwide. 16,000 are diagnosed every year in the States.
• Lupus awareness is pretty low. About 61 percent of Americans have never heard of lupus, know little or nothing about the disease beyond the name.
• There is only one drug that has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, specifically to treat the condition. It is, and people without health insurance have a hard time to pay. The annual cost to provide medical treatment for a person with lupus can cost up to several thousand dollars a month.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus.
Thank you for your support!