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Charmaine Mercado's Fundraiser:

Charmaine Mercado - Drumbeat to a Lupus Cure: 22nd Annual Run & Walk for Lupus

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THE STORY:

The LFNC was an essential resource when I was diagnosed over 20 years ago.  I benefitted from the services of LFNC (then known as the Bay Area Lupus Foundation) after my initial diagnosed in the form of books and information.  At the time, I could not easily find current information on lupus. That book (which I still have) changed my outlook on the rest of my life. I thought that lupus was a death sentence and the book showed me that it absolutely was not.

I've been living with lupus for 21 years and I'm a prime example that a diagnosis is not the end of the world. I count my blessings everyday that my lupus is, for the most part, under control and that I can live a semi-normal life. I do have days when I am fatigued or my joints are swollen, but they are few and far between. And over the years I have learned what works and what doesn't work for me. I wish everyday that I didn't have to live with lupus, that I didn't have this extra challenge. But I am grateful for everyday that I have.

Please use the big orange button on the right to donate to my fundraiser.  Proceeds will go directly to providing critical education, support and services to northern California lupus patients.

Thank you for your generosity!

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