Jun. 28, 2014

Hundreds of People and Thousand of Dollars for the Fight Against Lupus

COLUMBUS, OH (JUNE, 2014) -- The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter (LFA, GOC) hosted its Annual Walk To End Lupus Now event in Columbus on Saturday, June 28 at COSI.

The walk brought together more than 750 people and raised $50,000 for the fight against lupus.

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. 

"We are thrilled about the impact of this year’s walk in Columbus," says Suzanne Tierney, President and CEO of the LFA, GOC "The community’s support of our cause gives us hope and brings hope to the more than 1,500 residents of Columbus who look to us for support and resources.”

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 the Columbus 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 an unpredictable and misunderstood disease in which the immune system is out of balance, causing damage to any organ system in the body. The exact cause of lupus is unknown. While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90 percent of the people living with lupus are females. Women of color are at an especially high risk. Lupus usually develops between ages 15 and 44. While lupus can be disabling and fatal, the disease can be managed in most cases through aggressive medical treatment and lifestyle changes.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter at www.LupusGreaterOhio.org. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., founded in 1977, is a non-profit, mostly voluntary health organization. Its purposes are to raise public awareness, educate and support those affected by lupus and find a cure, educate health care professionals, and promote, encourage and provide funds for Lupus research.