2018 Walk To End Lupus Now, Washington DC

KK

Welcome to Team KK's  fundraising team page. 

Kaitlyn was diagnosed with Lupus almost five years ago. Her journey started when she began experiencing strange symptoms without warning. They ranged from small oddities like funky skin rashes or her hands turning cold and purple, to heart palpitations and chest pain that consistently landed her in the hospital. Each time the ER doctors sent her home with a half-assed diagnosis: stress, allergies, asthma, so on.

After a particularly bad incident that lead to an extended stay at Reston Hospital, we got a real answer. The cardiologist came into her room one morning and said "I think you have Lupus." While a true diagnosis was outside of his area of specialty, he explained his reasoning: the sack her heart sits inside of was dangerously inflamed and he believed her own immune system was causing that inflammation.

With the cardiologists explanation and a slew of referrals, she was able to seek out more information and answers about Lupus. A few months later, her rheumatologist made the official diagnosis and began a course of treatment. While she still suffers from a variety of symptoms and flares that lead to the occasional hospital stay, she has it pretty easy compared to others living with this disease.

Now we are looking forward to the day when doctors can say, "There is a cure for lupus". Until that day though, there is work to be done. That's why we are taking action in the fight against lupus. Join us as we participate in the 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 join Kaitlyn's team and help us reach our fundraising goal? You’ll be supporting the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. You can also support by making a secure contribution on our walk page. 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, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Join our team today and support our efforts! 

 

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