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Baltimore residents will walk to help solve cruel mystery of lupus

7/31/2015, 9:41 a.m.
Baltimore residents will walk to help solve cruel mystery of lupus.
The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter will host its annual Walk To End Lupus NowTM event at Rash Field in Baltimore City on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Baltimore residents will walk to help solve cruel mystery of lupus. The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter will host its annual Walk To End Lupus NowTM event at Rash Field in Baltimore City on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The Walk to End Lupus Now events are held in more than 60 cities across the country, making it the largest lupus walk program in the entire country. The walk events bring together community members— people with lupus, friends, families, health care providers, celebrities and other stakeholders— to raise money for lupus research and education programs, increase awareness of the disease, and rally public support for those who feel the brutal impact of lupus.

A recent survey found that 72 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, the age group at greatest risk for the disease, have either not heard about lupus at all or know little or nothing about the disease beyond the name. Every dollar raised from the Walk to End Lupus Now event, as well as the others like it that take place across the country, supports the Lupus Foundation of America’s efforts to solve the mystery of lupus— one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases— by increasing public awareness of the disease, funding critically needed research programs and providing local support programs and services to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

“Lupus is a significant concern in the Washington Metropolitan area,” said President and CEO, Katy Ahmed “Each year, more than 80,000 residents look to us for support and resources. We need more awareness of lupus and we need more resources for research to continue efforts to find a cure for this terrible disease. We hope the community will join us in our fight to end lupus.”

Registration for the walk is available, online at http://marylandlupuswalk.kintera.org/ or by calling 202-787-5390. Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on the Walk website to raise money, recruit new team members, and get valuable fundraising tips.

Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood disease in which the immune system is out of balance, causing damage to any organ system in the body. The exact cause of lupus is unknown. While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90 percent of the people living with lupus are females. Women of color are at an especially high risk. Lupus usually

develops between ages 15 and 44. While lupus can be disabling and fatal, the disease can be managed in most cases through aggressive medical treatment and lifestyle changes.