Thank you for taking the time to read my charity donation page for Lupus LA.
Over 28 years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus and from the start I was fighting for my life. Since my diagnosis in 1987, I've endured over 39 chemo therapy treatments, 20+ surgeries/procedures including bi-lateral hip replacements/revisions and in 2006 a kidney transplant. The devestating effects of Lupus nearly took my life (more than once) and I am beyond blessed to be alive and so healthy. Dr. Wallace saved my life and I made a vow to myself that when I was healthy I would do everything in my power to give back and help other patients who suffer from this disease.
January 27, 2006 is my 2nd birthday and the day that my selfless and amazing brother, Nick Hood, donated one of his kidneys to save my life. I am now healthier than I've ever imagined and I now have the energy to fulfill the committment that I made to myself years ago and I am helping other patients with lupus.
Please join me in raising money for Lupus LA as we walk and run in the 2016 LA BIG 5K (Saturday, February 13, 2016)
Below are some statistics about lupus and why it is imperative that more money is raised to save lives. I am living proof that with proper medical care and treatments, patients can live a normal life with this disease.
* Lupus affects over 1.5 million Americans and that does not include those who have been misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed
*90% of lupus patients are women and most are diagnosed during childbearing years or between the ages of 15 to 45
*Lupus mostly affects women of color. In fact, African American women are 3-4 times more likely to have Lupus as compared to Caucasian women
*Lupus IS the most complex, multi-faceted auto-immune disease; it can attack anywhere in the body at anytime and symptoms can range from mild to life threatening
*Lupus is more common than MS, Parkinson's, AIDS and Cystic Fibrosis
*Most lupus patients do not look sick and no two lupus patients are alike
*There is NO specific curriculum for lupus and it is barely studied in medical schools
*There is ONLY 1 medication specifically approved for lupus and that drug is Benlysta (approved in 2011.)
*The three other medications approved for lupus are: aspirin, steroids (which are also used for any type of inflammation or allergy) and Plaquinel (which is an anti-malarial medication)
*When men and children are diagnosed with lupus they typically have more severe disease activity
*If scientists can figure out lupus, there is NO DOUBT that it WILL have a TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT ON ALL OTHER DISEASES, including cancer
Please join me and Team Lupus LA as we "RAI$E" for a cure and spread lupus awareness. Together, we are stronger!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
If you would like to mail a donation to the Lupus LA office, you may send it to us at the following address:
8383 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 232
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Any questions, please call 310-657-5667