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Shining Bright for Lupus

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Walkin' Talkin' Lupus

Walkin' Talkin' Lupus 2015 kicks off on Sunday May 10th, World Lupus Day, 6pm!

Lupus warriors and supporters take a leisurely walk together every week for exercise and good health, but more importantly to connect, learn from and support one another. Just think of it as a support group, walking club and girl's day out all in one!! Men are welcome too! Bring your families along, a good walk is great for everybody's health. We will stroll the river walk beginning at Milliken State Park (Atwater St and Rivard), we will meet near the carousel. Please let us know if you plan to attend by email, Twitter or Facebook.

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William G. Milliken State Park 1900 Atwater St Detroit, MI

Free Parking is available! 

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).

  • The signs and symptoms tend to last for many years.
  • In Lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally, our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders.
  • Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invader and your body’s healthy tissues and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.
  • Autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
  • Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).  Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor.  With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
  • Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact.
  • Lupus is not like or related to cancer.  Lupus is not like HIV or AIDS.
  • Research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
  • It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44).  However, men, children, and teenager develop lupus too.
  • Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.
  • More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.

Your Participation is Key! 

Hello Lupus Survivors, Advocates and Supporters.  Thank you for visiting the LSF website.  We would like all of you to become registered members.  If you are a member we can give you updates and pass on valuable information.  Your participation in the forums is also very important.  The more information that is shared, the more people we will attract to join the site.  LSF would like this website to become a place where lupus survivors and supporters can exchange information, meet new people, get assistance, and learn a little more about the impact of lupus and how to cope with the illness.  We are in need of your support, so that we can build a network in order to better serve our lupus survivors.  

A Message from the LSF Founder

"I began the Lupus Star Foundation because I felt like internet advocacy and blogging was just not enough.  I wanted to do more.  I wished to create a family of lupus survivors and supporters that can support each other and do great things for the cause.  Lupus is a terrible illness that affects so many people around the world.  Even though lupus is rather common, many people do not know what it is.  There are also many misconceptions about lupus floating around.  What I would like to do is raise awareness and educate the public on the impact of the illness.  Awareness is essential.  We cannot expect people to care about something that they know nothing about.  Even though I have suffered with lupus for 8 years, hearing another's Lupus story still brings me to tears. We need a cure! We also need the public and government to truly understand the nature of lupus and how it impacts the lives of millions of people.  LSF will become a strong force against lupus. Our stars will always shine bright!"

With Love,

Simone Hughes

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

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Please email us at Volunteer@lupusstar.org if you would like to help out at our Lupus Awareness Booth!

We also have other volunteer opportunities as well, contact us! 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Aug 20 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Aug 27 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 3 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 10 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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