Join Team LupusHope 2020
Imagine a day when doctors can tell all the 5 million men and women diagnosed with lupus: "There is a cure, don't you worry." Until that day, there is work to be done.
This year, the Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now® will be virtual due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, they still need critical funds for research and patient support.
While we cannot be together physically, join me from wherever you are, and walk with me - virtually.
Living with lupus can be baffling and isolating. Symptoms mimic other illnesses and often do not cause people to look sick. We all had glimpses of the impact of this isolation this year due to Coronavirus. Imagine living every day afraid that you can get sick, go to the hospital, and not recover from it.
While lupus can be disabling and potentially fatal, the most severe health effects can be managed through costly medical treatment and radical lifestyle changes in many cases.
If you want to learn more about living with lupus, please visit www.lupushope.org.
Each monetary contribution has an impact, so if you feel like tipping in, please do! Your employer may offer a Matching Gift Program so that 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 connective tissues and organs, including joints (rheumatoid arthritis), kidneys (lupus nephritis), heart, lungs, brain, blood, and skin (cutaneous lupus).
- It takes, on average, seven years to be diagnosed. Each case has different symptoms; that's why it is so hard to diagnose.
- Even though lupus can strike anyone, 90% of people living with lupus are women, between 15-44 years old.
- About five million people are known to be affected worldwide. Sixteen thousand are diagnosed every year in the States.
- Lupus awareness is pretty low. About 61% of Americans have never heard of lupus and know little 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. This treatment costs about a brand-new car every month, and people without health insurance have a hard time paying.
- The average annual cost to provide medical treatment for a person with systemic lupus can reach six figures a year.
How you can help:
- Donate today to the LupusHope team. Any amount helps.
- Pledge to walk a certain number of miles for the next 30 days, share your walks with pictures on Instagram, using the tag @lupushope
- Spread the word out in your FB and Instagram.
Thank you for your support!