Jan. 06, 2016

Columbus Community Leader Partners with the LFAGA for Empowerment Symposium

Columbus, GA – [January 6, 2016] - The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter will present the second annual Columbus Lupus Empowerment Symposium on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Cunningham Center at Columbus State University located at 3100 Gentian Blvd. in Columbus. Presentations will be given by leading physicians and professionals covering critical topics including: Understanding Lupus, Managing Your Money with a Chronic Illness, and Prednisone: The Good, Bad and Ugly. This program is free to people living with lupus and their families with lunch provided to all registered attendees. Presenters will be available for Q&A during each session.


We are honored to build on the foundation of Columbus Walk Chair and Lupus Support Group Leader Detra Holloway and her group the Diamond Butterflies, who have hosted lupus walks in Columbus since 2011. “Prior to being diagnosed in 2008, I had never heard of lupus,” states Holloway. “It has been my mission to learn as much about lupus as possible. I want to be one of the many voices that help advocate and raise funds for research and education. I wear my purple bracelet each and every day. When a stranger asks me about lupus or the purple bracelet, I am overwhelmed with joy because this gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and to spread awareness in our community.”

The Lupus Empowerment Symposium is one of several upcoming programs and events in the Columbus area. We are excited to announce the Columbus Walk to End Lupus Now on May 14th at the Hardaway High School track.  For walk information and to register for the symposium, visit www.LupusGA.org .

About The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter is the only statewide resource for those living with lupus and provides thousands of Georgians with expanding educational programs, advocacy and awareness. This year, the Chapter will host seminars and symposiums in cities across Georgia including; Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Decatur, Kennesaw, Macon and Tifton. The Chapter also supports national research efforts of the Lupus Foundation of America, working to advance the science and medicine of lupus to bring down the barriers that have impeded progress in lupus research.  For more information, visit www.LupusGA.org.

About The Columbus Lupus Support Group
The Columbus Lupus Support Group is part of a network of 30 support groups across the state of Georgia providing individuals with lupus an opportunity to share common experiences and learn from one another.  The Columbus Support Group meets the 1st Thursday of each month at the Columbus Library on Macon Road. For more information, visit http://www.LupusGA.org.

About Lupus
Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease, which can affect any organ including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. Lupus affects primarily young women in their crucial childbearing years but also men, children and women of all ages. Lupus is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have a form of lupus.  For more information, visit www.LupusGA.org.