2019 Walk to End Lupus Now Spring Virtual Walk

Team UCTD

Date: May 5, 2019   Location: Your Hometown

Welcome to our fundraising page for Team UCTD! 

This is a Team for those of us affected by UCTD, directly or through a loved one. Join us as we participate in the Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now® to raise critical funds for the estimated millions of people living with connective tissue diseases in the United States.

Will you join and/or support our 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 and lupus-like disorders, like UCTD. You can also support by making a secure contribution on our walk page. Every single dollar counts!

This is a "Virtual Team," meaning that we are comprised of members walking all over the country in our own hometowns while still having the solidarity and fundraising power of teams near the big city walks. By providing the option of virtual teams, those without easy access to larger city walks can still participate and raise funds for research.

Did you know?

  • UCTD has been known as "latent lupus" or "incomplete lupus" and is used to describe a condition in people who have symptoms and lab test results that indicate a systemic autoimmune disorder or connective tissue disease.
  • In connective tissue disease (such as lupus, UCTD, scleroderma, Raynaud's, MCTD, etc), the connective tissue is attacked and affected. Connective tissue supports and connects various parts of the body and includes the tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage, and other tissues.
  • UCTD disease presentation varies widely from patient to patient, as UCTD is by definition nonspecific. Symptoms typically include constitutional complaints such as extreme fatigue, a general sense of feeling unwell, joint inflammation, joint pain, sun and heat sensitivity, Reynaud's phenomenon, dry eyes, dry mouth and hair loss. Lung involvement, such as nonspecific interstitial pneumonia, is a possible disease complication. UCTD can also affect the cells that help fight infection in your blood and the number of platelets (related to blood clotting)

UCTD is not a well-known disease. Due to its close relation to Lupus, support for lupus research is support for UCTD research. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of connective tissue diseases such as lupus and UCTD. Join our team today and support our efforts!

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