Cut it Out for a Life Free of Lupus
Every day people with lupus are forced to cut things out of their lives in order to manage their disease. They endure a lifetime of sacrifices – their hopes and dreams are shattered.
Show your support and fund research - In honor of someone with lupus, will you cut one thing out of your life for 14 days? You can choose to cut something that may seem small like daily coffee, desserts or movies. You can start your challenge whenever you want, it’s up to you. Make this small sacrifice for 14 days and donate the money you save to the Lupus Foundation of America‘s national research effort.
Let’s make it so the only thing people with lupus have to cut out of their lives is the disease itself!
I was dying and I knew it...
Because of lupus, my life changed forever.
I was 12...
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a cruel mystery. Anyone can get lupus – Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton, and probably someone you know as well. 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. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack.
Small Sacrifices Equals Big Impact
Cut it Out donations will help fund groundbreaking stem cell research that could diminish the long-term effects of lupus, stop damage to vital organs and save lives. The donation you make resulting from your 14-day small sacrifice can make a big impact.
Recent advances in lupus research have led to identifying the underlying causes of lupus and its progression, designing methods to improve early diagnosis, and discovering new treatments. We have made progress, but we must do more for a life free of lupus and we need your help!
Goal = $50,000
To Lupus Research
Can You Cut it Out?
For 14 days, cut one thing from your life to show your support for people with lupus. Donate the money you save by cutting something from your daily routine to the Lupus Foundation of America's research effort. Your small sacrifice helps to save lives.
It's your choice what you cut to show your support and help save lives.
Ready to Cut it Out?
1. PICK something to cut out.
2. SHAREwith others that you've accepted the Cut it Out Challenge to show your support for a life free of lupus.
3. DONATE the money you save to the Lupus Foundation of America’s research effort.
4. CHALLENGE one or two of your friends to Cut it Out or make a donation and ask them to pass on the challenge.
Every day is a battle for people with lupus. In order to be able to manage their disease, they are forced to cut things out of their lives.
In 14 days, what Americans spend, consume, and drink adds up. If we each make one small sacrifice and donate what we save, we can make a difference in the lives of people battling lupus every day.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is the cruel mystery because it is hidden from view, has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, lasts a lifetime, and has no known cause and no cure. It can be fatal.
Symptoms of lupus come and go, change over time, and often imitate other illnesses, making lupus difficult to diagnose. Common symptoms include joint pain, skin rashes, overwhelming fatigue, and fevers that last for days or weeks.
The exact cause of lupus is unknown. However, lupus is not contagious. While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90 percent of the people living with lupus are females.
People living with lupus describe it as life altering. Their wish... is a life free of lupus.
Amarissa Mauricio’s Story
By Amarissa Mauricio
When I was 12 years old, I started to get sick. At the time the things I thought about where making new friends, taking care of my dog, and gymnastics.
After a month of not feeling well, it became hard for me to walk. My mom took me to the emergency room and after eight days in the hospital I was diagnosed with lupus. I then spent the next 34 days fighting for my life.
I was fighting MRSA, an infection in my stomach, stage IV kidney disease, liver issues, joint pain, a 104 fever, fluid in my lungs and an enlarged heart. I was dying and I knew it.
I was scared. I told my mom I couldn’t do this anymore. I did not want to be sick. I told my mom I did not want to die and she told me that I had to fight to survive. And I did!
I went from being a 12-year-old whose only concern was making friends and what middle school would be like to being told I had lupus, there was no cure, I could no longer do gymnastics, that I had to have chemotherapy to treat my disease, and on and on.
My battle continues but so does my fight for a life free of lupus!
Smarter Research. Faster Progress.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of
research, education, support and advocacy.
Lupus is the cruel mystery and research is the key to solving this mystery and ending its brutal impact. Your Cut it Out Challenge donations will help fund groundbreaking research.
Smarter Research Faster Progress
We know that smarter research will generate faster progress. We challenge what isn’t working and fund and support research that is most hopeful to uncover the causes of lupus, understand its progression, and accelerate the search for cures.
Donations at Work
FEATURED STUDY: USING STEM CELLS TO TREAT MODERATE TO SEVERE LUPUS.
This is first-of-its-kind phase II clinical trial using stem cells for the treatment of moderate to severe lupus. Research will evaluate if this therapy could diminish the long-term effects of lupus, stop damage to vital organs, and save lives.
Stem cell therapy holds promise as a safe and effective alternative for people with lupus who do not benefit from the current treatments available. Stem cell research has provided hope to people with formerly incurable and devastating conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes as well as 80 other diseases.
Previous research using this type of therapy for lupus and other diseases reported minimal side effects. Like every potential new therapy, this treatment must be tested. Only one drug is available that was developed specifically to treat lupus. We need treatments for lupus, and this study provides hope for the future.
Diane Kamen, MD, MSCR Gary Gilkeson, MD
The trial is led by Drs. Diane Kamen and Gary Gilkeson from the Medical University of South Carolina and will be conducted at research institutions across the country.