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I am just 1 of the approximately 1.5 million Americans who have Lupus and in DC, Maryland and Virginia there are 75,000 lupus patients alone. Few people know much about Lupus, including doctors. Many Lupus patients visit numerous doctors over 3+ years before receiving the proper diagnosis. 90% of Lupus patients are women and is more prevalent in African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians. I am somewhat of an anomaly, 26 year old male with Asian-Indian/Anglo heritage, and work to spread the word among men as well.
For those that don’t know, Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks the skin, joints and organs. It is not terminal (but it can be life threatening) or contagious, but there is no cure and there hasn’t been a drug approved for Lupus in over 51 years!
To do its part to help Lupus patients like myself, the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter is hosting a Walk for Lupus Now event on Saturday, April 17th. Donations received for the event will go to the Lupus Foundation of America – Greater Washington Chapter (LFAGW). LFAGW provides free education and support services to lupus patients and their families. Money will also go to support research, because they believe, as I do, that one day this disease will have a cure.
It is important to spread awareness and increase access to the tools needed to educate the public and even doctors on the disease. Donations to the Lupus Foundation of America are a great step in supporting these efforts.
Thanks for spreading the word!