Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body actually attacks itself because of the disease, which affects multiple internal organs, the skin, joints and more. Over 16,000 people are diagnosed with Lupus every year, with 1 in every 185 people in the US having some form of the disease, 90% of whom are women. Lupus is not an infectious or cancerous disease, but it’s also not rare and it’s not curable, only treatable.
With the current methods of treatment and therapy, 80-90% of people diagnosed with Lupus can lead normal lives and your donation to The Lupus Foundation of America will help to fund continued research into the disease and its treatments. As well as helping to educate more people on what the disease is and what they can do to help.
Since May is my birthday month, and I also discovered that May is Lupus Awareness Month. (I happened to find this out because one of my favorite celebs, Maurissa Tancharoen, has lupus and often tweets about the trials and tribulations of dealing with it.) I figured that since my last name is Wolf (lupus is Latin for wolf) and my birthday month and Lupus Awareness Month are the same month, that it was a cause meant to be. Since my birthday is the 24th, I gave myself a goal to raise $2400 for the Lupus Foundation of America. I hope you agree with the cause and decide to send some money towards the Lupus Foundation or at least share this fundraiser/link with others to help get the word out.
You can learn more about Lupus and The Lupus Foundation of America here: http://www.lupus.org and by following them on Twitter at @lupusorg
And to read more about Maurissa Tancharoen's experiences with Lupus, you can check out her blog here: http://itssonotsexy.tumblr.com/.