2019 Walk to End Lupus Now, Baltimore

Team Riley!

Riley was diagnosed with Lupus when she was only a few weeks old, and since then she has been to more doctors then you can imagine. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that not only affects your joints, but also attacks your organs.

Riley has an extremely rare case called Neonatal Lupus that is found in less than 1% of babies. This is a spot like rash that has taken over her entire body and has led her to having a few heart complications. Each month Riley sees her cardiologist to check for fluid buildup and inflammation around her heart and goes home where she is hooked up to her 24 hour heart monitor. At any point we could be told she will need to have a pacemaker put in. While the average heart rate for babies is in the 130-160 range, her heart beats closer to 200 beats per minute putting a strain on her heart.

 Unfortunately there is no real path of treatment for this. She can either grow out of it, or she won’t. We won’t know until it happens.


Riley is the most mellow little baby whether it’s getting her blood drawn for the third time in one week, or being hooked up to countless wires and machines for testing and sonograms, she has giggled and smiled through it all!
Our hope is to help put an end to this vicious disease!

Our family, and our tiniest little warrior appreciates you!

 

 

 

Welcome to our fundraising team page.

Imagine a 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 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. 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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