Walk to End Lupus Now upcoming event

By Megan Ticknor | mticknor@weareiowa.com

Published 08/23 2016 12:43PM

Updated 08/23 2016 12:43PM

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - You can help fight lupus today by registering for an upcoming event to raise money for patients and their families suffering from the disease.

The Executive Director of the Iowa Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of American, Melanie Guanci came on the Midday show to explain more about the foundation at the Walk to End Lupus Now event. Along with her, Larry Cotlar, a man who lost his father to the disease, came on the show to talk about his personal experience with lupus and how he backs the event 100%!

Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.

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.

By raising funds for Walk to End Lupus Now, you are helping the Foundation:

Lead special research initiatives, fund innovative studies, and advocate for increased public and private investment in lupus research to advance the science and medicine of lupus;

Translate research findings into useful programs, information, and tools for people with lupus, and ensure health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease;

Conduct outreach efforts to increase public understanding of lupus, and share stories of those who suffer from the disease to rally public support to join the fight to end lupus; and,

Provide caring support to people with lupus, their families and their caregivers, and help guide them through the complexities of living with lupus.

The event takes place around the pond at the Jordan Creek Town Center on Saturday, August 27th.

Visit www.lupusia.org for more information on the extraordinary work the Foundation is doing.

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