CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 08, 2015) - The Lupus Foundation of America will host its 2015 Walk To End Lupus Now™ event in Chicago on Sunday, May 31 at Montrose Harbor. The largest lupus walk program in the country, Walk to End Lupus Now events are held in more than 60 cities, bringing together community members-lupus patients, friends, families, health care providers and celebrities-to raise money for lupus research and education programs, increase awareness of the disease and rally public support for those who feel its brutal impact.
An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide have lupus. Despite the widespread prevalence of lupus, research on the disease has remained underfunded, relative to its scope and devastation. And only one drug has ever been developed specifically to treat lupus and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
"While we work to solve the cruel mystery of lupus, we must ensure that all Chicago residents affected by lupus have access to the resources and support they need," said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America. "By coming together to raise funds and awareness, Chicago residents are showing their power and support for people with lupus, families, friends and entire the community of those suffering with lupus."
Every step taken and dollar raised supports the Lupus Foundation of America's mission to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is a national sponsor of Walk to End Lupus Now. Genentech is a regional sponsors of the Chicago Walk event. Registration for the Walk is open online at walktoendlupus.org/Chicago or by calling 877-910-9779. Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on the Walk website to raise money, recruit new team members and get valuable fundraising tips.
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to diseases of similar scope and devastation.
About the Lupus Foundation of America
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.
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