BENEFITING: FOUNDATION FOR SARCOIDOSIS RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Apr 30, 2016
NicoleJess Finnegan-Kelly wrote -
This year the Foudation for Sarcoidosis Research will be hosting it's Third Annual 5k walk/run on April 30th. The event is held in Chicago but they encourage others to host them in their towns if they can't attend the one in Chicago, as 'virtual teams'.
The Kelly Gang is doing a 5km walk in Shellharbour, to raise money for this foundation, all money raised will go to the Foundation to go towards finding a cure (and are all tax deductable).
WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS??
Sarcoidosis (pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is a devastating, potentially fatal inflammatory disease that can appear in almost any organ in the body. Although the lungs are affected in more than 90% of patients, the disease often attacks the heart, eyes, central nervous system, liver and kidneys. Once thought rare, sarcoidosis is now known to be common and affects people worldwide. The cause remains unknown and THERE IS NO CURE.
Sarcoidosis (pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is an inflammatory disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. It causes heightened immunity, which means that a person’s immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, overreacts, resulting in damage to the body’s own tissues. The classic feature of sarcoidosis is the formation of granulomas, microscopic clumps of inflammatory cells that group together (and look like granules, hence the name). When too many of these clumps form in an organ they can interfere with how that organ functions.
What Causes Sarcoidosis?
No one knows exactly what causes sarcoidosis, but it is probably due to a combination of factors. Some research suggests that bacteria, viruses or chemicals might trigger the disease. Although such triggers might not bother most people, it is possible that in someone with the right genetic predisposition they provoke the immune system to develop the inflammation associated with sarcoidosis.