Scottsdale to host Walk to End Lupus Now on Sept. 19

The Lupus Foundation of America will host its annual Walk to End Lupus Now event Sept. 19 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, beginning at 4 p.m.

7.18 Lupus Logo Lock-up

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, and health care providers — 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.

Approximately 100,000 residents of Arizona have Lupus.

“Lupus is a significant concern in the greater Scottsdale area,” explains Sandra C. Raymond, president and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America.

“We need more awareness of lupus and we need more resources for research to continue efforts to find a cure for this terrible disease.  We urge the community to join us in our fight to end lupus.”

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 Scottsdale’s Walk to End Lupus Now event 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.

Participants in the Walk to End Lupus Now enjoy a celebratory atmosphere with a live DJ, Zumba warm-up, free refreshments, and one-of-a-kind raffle items.

Sponsors of the Walk to End Lupus Now include Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Research, Power Crunch Bars, and Walgreens.

Free Registration for the walk is open online at www.WalktoEndLupusNow.org/Arizona.

Participants can create a personal fundraising page on the walk website to raise money, recruit team members, and promote fundraising efforts through social media.

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.

Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org.

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