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Kayura and her father Marcel at last year’s walk. This year's Lupus Research Alliance’s “Walk with Us to Cure Lupus,” which was held at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor on Saturday, May 13, 2017 raises funds for research.

Kayura and her father Marcel at last year’s walk. This year's Lupus Research Alliance’s “Walk with Us to Cure Lupus,” which was held at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor on Saturday, May 13, 2017 raises funds for research.

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Essex High School student raises awareness about lupus

Like the estimated 1.5 million Americans who have lupus or some form of the illness, Essex High School student Kayura Gwynn admitted confusion and sadness when doctors first diagnosed her a little more than three years ago.