Registration for 16th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now in Charlotte Now Open
Kickoff Rally on Jan. 24/Walk on May 6
Please note this link for 2016 event images courtesy of LFANC (photo credit: Jackie Smith, Photographer)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jan. 3, 2017 – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) is hosting a Kickoff Rally in support of its 16th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte.
The party will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6:30-8:00PM at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Outreach Center located at 1073 Providence Road in Charlotte (28207). The free event is an opportunity for attendees to meet other walkers and teams, share fundraising ideas, get new tips, receive walk materials, and learn how being a part of this event can make a difference in the community. RSVP and sign up at https://2017lupuswalkkickoffcharlotte.eventbrite.com.
The 16th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Central Piedmont Community College – Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, Belk Plaza located at 425 North Kings Drive in Charlotte (28204). Check in begins at 9:00AM and the Walk starts at 11:00AM. While there is no registration fee for the Walk, every walker is considered a fundraiser, and each walker is encouraged to raise or donate $100 or more. To register, visit www.lupusnc.org.
“Our Walk is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to take steps for lupus and raise funds for lupus research and local support services,” said Christine John-Fuller, President and CEO of LFANC. “Participants can experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus, while increasing awareness for those who suffer the brutal impact of this disease.”
In 2016, nearly 2,500 people gathered at Central Piedmont Community College for the Walk to End Lupus Now and raised $112,000 and walked to raise awareness about lupus and raise funds for national research and local support services to help the estimated 10,000 people in the Charlotte area who are living with lupus.
The Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte is one of three LFANC walk events across North Carolina and countless others across the nation. The other N.C. events will take place in Raleigh (Saturday, April 23) and Fayetteville (Saturday, May 6). The Walks are conducted nationwide by the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and its national network to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact. Those interested in participating can register as an individual or with a team. The walk route is 1.25 miles. The suggested minimum fundraising goal per person is $100, which is the amount where participants can start earning prizes.
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, hits out of nowhere, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive, and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation.
About the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter:
The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is part of the national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Serving an estimated 45,000 living with lupus in North Carolina, the chapter is the center of excellence for those affected by lupus, bridging patients, their families, caregivers, and the medical community. For more information about lupus or the LFANC, visit www.lupusnc.org or call (877) 849-8271. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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