Arya and I are walking to end Lupus. Please join us.
Our daughter Arya will soon be 14 yrs. old, but when she was 9 yrs. she was diagnosed with Lupus nephritis. Initially she had swollen eyes that lasted months (assuming it was Pollen allergies) and then a large sore in my mouth along with other odd symptoms. We took her to the doctor’s office and they took blood samples for tests. After the results came back her doctor said to go to Seattle Children’s Hospital right away to run more tests. We went to the emergency room and the Doctors and Nurses took more blood from her every few hours (initially every hour). There weren’t many highlights to her stay but one that she will never forget was carving pumpkins in her hospital bed. That being said, one of Arya’s favorite holidays is Halloween. Her Grandparents brought pumpkins and she carved them in her hospital bed. We had purchased a costume together before she was admitted, so we took this the hospital and went through the hospital trick-or treating. In addition, we purchased bags of candy that we would normally give out to trick-or treaters at home. We took these bags to the hospital and Arya had the opportunity to give candy to the medical professionals that visited her room and she walked through the halls and gave candy to everyone she saw. After numerous biospecimen tests and about 6 weeks later the doctors officially diagnosed with Lupus nephritis. We met so many awesome Doctors, Nurses and many other medical professionals.
I 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 Arya and I are taking action in the fight against lupus. Join Team Arya 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 us reach Team Arya’s fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus? A contribution of $1 or more 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 us, 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, you can help Team Araya solve the cruel mystery of lupus.
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