Friends and family -
In 1995, my mother, Susan Massey was hospitalized with blood clots that had moved from her legs into her lungs. This was frightening for the entire family as very much a life-threatening situation. A few months later, after she luckily survived and recovered, she was finally diagnosed with lupus, the autoimmune disease that can afflict the body in countless ways. One symptom, we came to learn, was blood clots. Nearly losing my mom at a young age was tough for my dad, brother, myself, and all of our family. For mom, it was the beginning of a journey that has seen many ups and downs, trials and triumphs, and moments of heartache and true courage.
Throughout it all, mom has always kept a smile on her face, even when in very real pain, or when the disease has zapped her energy completely. But through her perseverance every single day she has shown us all what it truly means to be strong, to be brave, and to never give up. She is a testament to strength and to love.
And it is in her honor that I am joining thousands of people across the country for the Walk to End Lupus Now®. On Saturday, September 24th, I hope that you will join me either by lacing up your sneakers and joining us in downtown LA or by donating to my fundraising page.
You can make a difference by donating 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 $50 or $100 can make a definite impact - it goes to research, support, and resources for the thousands of Americans who are living with lupus. 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.
Lupus is hard to diagnose, but the Lupus Foundation of America is working to make life easier and more comfortable for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!