Walk to End Lupus Now® Unites Communities to Take Steps in the Fight Against Lupus
The annual Walk to End Lupus Now® season is officially underway this fall, bringing together communities across the country to raise awareness and funds for lupus research and support programs. With walks taking place in cities across the country, these empowering events connect communities as they take steps together for one purpose - to end lupus.
Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide, remains a significant health challenge. While lupus can affect anyone, it disproportionately affects women and certain racial and ethnic groups, including Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Over the last several years there has been significant progress in lupus drug development resulting in new lupus treatments, but much work remains to continue to build safe and effective treatments available for all lupus warriors and to improve health outcomes for all impacted by the disease.
The Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now program empowers everybody to make a difference in the fight to end lupus by engaging diverse communities, raising awareness, offering educational resources, and encouraging participants to fundraise to support vital research efforts, education programs, support services, and advocacy. Across the country, participants of all ages and backgrounds unite, walking side by side to show their strength as a lupus warrior or in support as their friends and family.
"We are thrilled for another Walk to End Lupus Now season and to join forces with communities nationwide," said Mary Crimmings, interim CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. "This event serves as a powerful platform to raise awareness about lupus, unite our communities in new friendships and connections, and raise funds for critical programs and research in order to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for this complex disease. Our walk motto ‘United. Together. Powerful’ echoes the strength and tenacity of the lupus community, who play an important role in moving our mission forward."
Walk to End Lupus Now events across the country will feature various activities designed to engage participants and create a sense of community. Participants can expect inspiring guest speakers, live entertainment, educational booths, and opportunities to connect with Lupus Foundation of America staff members and other partners. Participants are encouraged to form teams, fundraise, and utilize their social networks to educate their followers about the impact of their efforts.
Individuals interested in participating in a Walk to End Lupus Now event in their area can find more information and register at lupus.org/Walk.
Joining the walk is not only an opportunity to support and celebrate the power of the lupus community, but also a chance to make a difference in the lives of those living with lupus.