Walk to End Lupus Now® Virtual Event Brings Together Lupus Community on October 16
The Lupus Foundation of America will host the world’s largest lupus walk program, Walk to End Lupus Now®, on October 16, 2021. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the virtual event will bring participants together safely from coast-to-coast as we celebrate the power of the lupus community and raise funds for lupus research, education, and support programs.
Lupus has no known cause and no known cure but affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and five million people worldwide. Women are at a higher risk of developing lupus, and women of color are disproportionately impacted by the disease, tend to experience more serious complications, and have higher mortality rates. While there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the lives of those living with lupus and ultimately find a cure, the last decade has seen great advances in the field of lupus research – including two new treatments for lupus in the last year, renewing hope for improved health outcomes.
Walkers and communities from across the country will join together on October 16 as one lupus community. Participants will come together via an online environment and walk program featuring Lupus Foundation of America staff, experts, team captains and more special guests. They’ll have the opportunity to connect with others, share why they are walking and chat directly with Foundation staff, its Health Education Specialists, and event sponsors. Participants are also encouraged to walk individually or safely as a team in their communities as we walk together to raise lupus awareness across the country.
“Even during the difficult times we have faced over the last year and a half, the power and resilience of the lupus community has remained strong, and that is seen clearly as we gather again virtually for our Walk to End Lupus Now event,” shared Stevan W. Gibson, president and chief executive officer, Lupus Foundation of America. “I am so proud and grateful for every single walker, donor, volunteer, and staff member who make this event such a huge success. It’s because of them that we can continue the important work we do every day on behalf of people with lupus.”
This year’s walk will celebrate the theme of United – Together – Powerful, again showcasing the lupus community’s strength and commitment to come together no matter what and rally public support for all that suffer from the brutal impact of lupus.
“Every year, the Walk to End Lupus Now is an amazing opportunity to come together as a lupus community, connect with others and remind ourselves that we are not alone in our journey with lupus,” shared Monica Roache, lupus warrior and DC Walk to End Lupus Now committee member. “The walk is also an important reminder that each of us can do our part to raise funds for lupus research and support programs, while also raising lupus awareness through our efforts. As a lupus warrior for more than 30 years, I know just how important it is to do our part in the fight to end lupus!”
Registration for the virtual Walk to End Lupus Now event is still open. To register for the event, learn more or make a donation, visit walktoendlupusnow.org.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor GSK for their support.