I know everyone reading this knows that I’m unemployed and that in the midst of such desperate times, people create scams to get money. This is out of place for this particular blog, but it is not a scam.
On Saturday, September 19, I will be participating in this year’s Walk for Lupus Now® in Louisville to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter. We hope to raise $25,000 this year allowing the LFAM to provide education and support services to people living with lupus, and support much needed lupus research. There has been no new FDA approved drug for the treatment of lupus in 50 years.
Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body. It affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and approximately 24,000 living in Kentucky.
I’m walking because I know four women with lupus personally. Some 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women. The four I know deal with such issues as respiratory infections, hair loss, taking 21 different medications each day, monthly blood treatments, extreme fatigue, and arthritis so severe, you would think they were well into their 70s instead of in their 20s and 30s.
It’s also worth noting that these three women are African American. Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color — African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders — than among Caucasian women. African American women’s symptoms also tend to be more severe than those of other groups.
My friends with lupus are mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends and community leaders who touch the lives of those around them. You never know who your kindness will affect, and making a difference starts with one step.
Readers, you can take that step by making a secure online donation. I haven’t asked for a specific amount from people I know, so I certainly won’t ask it of my readers. I’ll only ask that you consider brown-bagging it one day for the remainder of this week or skipping one midafternoon smoothie or latte, and donate that amount instead. Click here to go to my personal donation page. If that feels weird, click here to donate to team L.U.P.U.S. (Lives Unlocking Powerful Unexpected Strength), here to find out more about the event, and here to find out more about lupus. We also have very cute t-shirts that can be purchased here. All proceeds go to the LFA Mid-South Chapter.
Adapted from the form letter provided by the Lupus Foundation of America Mid-South Chapter.