‘Walk to End Lupus’ to be May 18

Jan 28, 2013

The Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter (LFAPC) will host its annual Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Asheville at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Pack Square Park.

The Walk to End Lupus Now™ Kickoff Party will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Scully’s Bar and Grille (13 Walnut St., in Asheville).

Those interested in participating can register as an individual or with a team. For more information, visit www.lupuslinks.org.

“This is a wonderful family-friendly event that is open to all ages and helps raise awareness of and funds for lupus,” said Christine John-Fuller, President and CEO of LFAPC. “We encourage the community to join our fight in helping to solve the cruel mystery behind this disease by walking with us and helping spread the word.”

Formerly known as Walk for Lupus Now®, the Walk to End Lupus Now™ events are conducted nationwide by the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and its national network to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact. Each year, thousands of people across the country join forces with the LFA and walk with one unified purpose — to end lupus.

To RSVP to the kickoff party or to register for the walk,visit www.lupuslinks.org or call the LFAPC at 877-849-8271.

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, hits out of nowhere, 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 its scope and devastation.