Mary Simon via Crowdrise
April 14, 2014
BENEFITING: Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
Mileage Tracker: 525
Hello! My name is Mary, and I am an art teacher who is currently studying Educational Technology at SUNY Potsdam.
This fundraiser is dedicated to my Grandmother, Patricia, who bravely fought lupus for over 30 years. It is her strength that has inspired me to help in the fight against this cronic disease. Through this fundraiser, I hope to spread awareness and support further research that will lead to better treatment for those living with lupus.
All money raised is going straight to the Lupus Foundation of America, and FOR EVERY DOLLAR RAISED I WILL BIKE ONE MILE. My goal for this year is $500, which means biking 500 miles, or more!
Thank you so much in advance for your donation <3
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). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often 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 ("foreign invaders," like the flu). 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 invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Is there a cure for Lupus?
Medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus, and some people do die from the disease. However, the idea that lupus is generally a fatal disease is a big misconception. In fact, the prognosis of lupus is much better today than ever before.