Why I Walk: Amanda Quiñones
The first time I heard about this disease a dear friend was very sick due to complications from Lupus, so in the fall of 2008 when I was diagnosed with Lupus, she was the first person that came to mind. All I could think about was how my friend was sick all the time and in and out of hospitals and that would be me too. Well, I learned quickly that feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to help my situation and have lived each day since being as positive as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days and my really, really bad days, but my faith in God keeps me strong and having a great support system in my family, boyfriend and friends gets me through. I have made it my mission since last year’s Walk to End Lupus, Orlando to raise as much awareness as possible, through my fundraising efforts. I am happy to say that those efforts lead to not only being the number one fundraising team last year, but also being the top fundraiser and I don’t say it to show off, I say it because I am proud of what we achieved. The focus for 2017 remains the same. There are so many people who are unaware of what Lupus is and we have to change that. So with all of this, I walk to raise much needed funds for a disease that needs more attention, to help people with Lupus who may not be as fortunate as I am, to bring awareness to a cruel, unpredictable disease and to help find a cure. Will you walk with me?