Jan. 01, 1970

Cincinnati Residents Will Walk to Help Solve the Cruel Mystery of Lupus

Cincinnati Residents Will Walk to Help Solve the Cruel Mystery of Lupus
America’s largest lupus walk program takes place in Cincinnati on May 11.

CINCINNATI, OH (MAY, 2013) -- The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter  (LFA, GOC) will host its Annual Walk To End Lupus NowTM event in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 11 at Fountain Square.

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. 

“I am honored to be a part of this event to increase support and awareness of Lupus,” stated Councilmember Yvette Simpson, who will help kick-off the walk on May 11th, “Lupus affects many individuals in our community, and we must continue the fight to eradicate this debilitating disease.”   

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 Cincinnati’s 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 Cincinnati area,” explains Suzanne Tierney, President and CEO of the LFA, GOC “Each year, more than 1,500 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 open online at www.LupusGreaterOhio.org.  Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on the Walk website to raise money, recruit new team members, and get valuable fundraising tips.