2019 Walk to End Lupus Now, Tampa

The Purple Parade

Thanks for joing THE PURPLE PARADE!

Imagine a day when doctors can say, "There is a cure for lupus". Until that day though, there is work to do! 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! at Al Lopze Park in Tampa to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.

Will you join 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. You can also support by making a secure contribution on our walk page.

Our team goal is to raise $3,000.00, but every dollar counts!

Share to social media. send a an email. You will be surprised at how many people you will discover whose lives have been touched by Lupus that you never knew about.

Our team, The Purple Parade will be walking in Walk to End Lupus Now™ Tampa to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America. This is the sixth year of the walk and we have been there the last five years. The walk goal is to raise $175,000 towards the Lupus Foundation of America's mission of improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy. I hope that you'll help me reach this goal by donating today! No donation is too small. Every little bit helps!!

If you are a Carmax employee or family member - Thank you!  Your support has helped us raise thousands in the years since the walk began thanks to Carmax's grant support.  Also, If you donate please take the time it takes to ask Carmax to donation match. They match all employee donations at 100%! If you have anyquestions about the walk, donations, matching or the like contact Erik Papp, TPM at (727)692-9584 or erikpapp@gmail.com.


We are captained by Heather (Hemma) Papp, a member of the LFA Walk Committee

Tampa walk committee member and Lupus warrior. Hemma was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis as a child which was the beginning of her long journey and struggle with many forms of auto-immunity, the worst of which is Lupus. She draws strength from the support of family and friends and her work with the LFA and this walk. This event is truly special...and fun! Hemma, her family and friends and all those who have supported or are supporting The Purple Parade team hope you will join us in our fight against Lupus!

From Heather (Hemma): (for more visit Heather Papp's fundraising page)
"Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disease that makes life very difficult. I have lived almost my entire life suffering with a body that attacks itself, a body that won't cooperate and limits me in ways that have been difficult to cope with. It affects so many people and because I don't "look sick" it definitely feels like an invisible disease. It can be very isolating and frustrating. I wish I didn't have to think about Lupus all day every day, but I do. It has affected nearly all parts of my body at this point and has definitely given me ample opportunity to expand my ability to move beyond struggle and find my new normal. The Lupus Foundation offers support I never had in the past and is working tirelessly towards a cure (what we wish for long-term) and treatment (what we desperately need now). This event is so special to me and so important in the lives of so many. I would be so very grateful for your support. I have taken control in a way through my efforts with the LFA and am fighting for those who have no voice or have passed too soon, for my life and for a voice for those battling this devastating disease."

We hope you will join us for walk and/or donate to our cause and walk away knowing more about Lupus and the millions it affects. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Join our team today and support our efforts! Thanks for your support!!!

Contact Heather (Hemma) for help registering or for any questions: 727-692-0221 hemma008@gmail.com

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