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Lupus Walk on Saturday, April 17th

by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

“Dear PoP,

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!

-Christopher Mammen”

  • Cardozomite

    Thanks for posting this PoP.

    For all those that would like more information on support groups in the DC area, check out the greater washington chapter page here: http://www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/gwashington_home.aspx

    If you would like to donate directly to my walk efforts, feel free to do so here: http://lupusgw.kintera.org/dcwalk2010/mammen

    Donations can also be made directly to the organization through the link in the post.

    -Christopher

  • Eric

    RIP JDilla

  • E

    It’s never lupus

  • big sis

    My youngest brother died after Lupus shut down his organs. He was 23. It went undiagnosed for a long time. Nobody thought a young – otherwise healthy – man would (could?) have Lupus. That kid always had to be the exception.

    The best to you Christopher.

  • Dittle

    Thanks for posting this! I am a Lupus patient – in remission and blessed to feel healthy. A friend of ours recently lost his wife to this disease. It is more common than you might realize, so again thanks for this posting!

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