Hello dear friends, family, and supporters! My name is Keanna Mendoza. I am thrilled to be participating in the upcoming Lupus Walk in September to raise funds for the Seattle Lupus Foundation. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of those living with this condition, and I wanted to share a bit about my journey and why this cause is so close to my heart.
My Connection to Lupus:
In January 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, my life underwent a profound transformation with a diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Nephritis—an autoimmune disease affecting my kidneys. It presents challenges like body aches, extreme joint pain, weight and body composition changes, brain fog, fatigue, and feelings of depression. Coping with the moon face effect from a high-dose steroid called "Prednisone" was tough. Ongoing medications are crucial to prevent the risk of a kidney transplant or dialysis. Frequent blood draws were mentally draining, and regular physician follow-ups became part of my routine. Lupus also impacted my diet and relationships, and the financial impact has been significant.
Why Your Support Matters:
Lupus has no cure, and it's a complex and challenging condition affecting millions worldwide, including Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, and Toni Braxton. By supporting the Lupus Walk and the Seattle Lupus Foundation, you're making a difference in the lives of those who need hope and healing the most. Your generosity helps create a brighter future for individuals and families living with this disease.
How You Can Help:
1. Donate: Your generous donation is highly appreciated! My goal is to raise $1,000 and be one of the top 3 teams in funds raised and participants. All donations are tax-deductible. Click the "donate" button on this page to contribute. Also, check if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program for employees to double your contributions. Your support means a lot!
3. Share the Cause: Help us raise awareness about the walk and foundation by sharing on social media, with your friends, family, and co-workers!
I am truly grateful for your support in this endeavor. Together, we can create a world where lupus is better understood, treated, and, ultimately, cured. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant impact on the lives of those affected by lupus.
If you have any questions or would like to connect, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
With heartfelt thanks,