The Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter (LFA) will host the inaugural Walk to End Lupus Now event, a 1.5 mile course in Temple on May 21, 2016 at Temple Square at 3rd Street and West Adams Avenue from 8am-12noon. This is the signature fundraising event of the LFA and raises critical funds and awareness for the local lupus community.
“The needs of the lupus community are so great throughout our service area that having a walk in a central location to attract constituents from all neighboring communities would bring them together for a common cause,” said Tessie Holloway, President and CEO for the LFA.
This year, thousands of walkers will participate in more than 70 Walk to End Lupus Now™
events in the United States, promoting lupus awareness, physical activity and healthy living in a family-friendly setting. They will walk to raise funds to save lives from lupus, a life threatening autoimmune disease that damages any organ in the body and affects more than 1.5 million Americans, today. The Walk to End Lupus Now event is only one of various events hosted by the LFA throughout the chapter’s service area, over 200 counties in Texas. For many, this walk is an emotional, first time experience to be part of a city-wide recognition of lupus and families. Teams across the state walk to give hope for a better future for all those with lupus.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder and the effects on many patients and families can be devastating, life diminishing, life-long and life threatening. Despite its prevalence, lupus remains one of the least recognizable and most misunderstood diseases in both the medical and lay communities. Lupus affects primarily young women in their crucial childbearing years, but also men, children and women of all ages and can result in immeasurable physical, financial and emotional toll on many families in our state.
The LFA’s expanded programs and resources for patients include: Annual Lupus Symposium in Dallas, “Could You Have Lupus?” education brochures in English and Spanish to raise awareness and improve diagnosis. The LFA’s Lupus Support Network offer 10 statewide support groups, ten monthly teleconferences with experts on critical topics for patients at home, all at no cost to the patient. “Our chapter receives many inquiries from area lupus patients in need of our services; this walk is a great way to raise awareness, provide support and education as well as raising funds to help our mission,” Mrs. Holloway continued.
This event has no registration fee and is free to participate, however, registration is required and fundraising is encouraged. 90 percent of every dollar raised, stays in Texas, ensuring the LFA continues to provide and expand the only free, statewide educational programs, advocacy and awareness efforts for the 120,000 lupus patients and their families. The LFA also supports national research efforts, working to advance the science and medicine of lupus and bring down the barriers that have impeded progress in lupus research.
To register or donate or call 469-374-0590 or toll free at 1-866-205-2369. For more information please visit www.lupuslonestar.org
– content provided by The Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter