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I am thrilled to be running the LA Marathon's 5K in support of Lupus LA for the sixth year in a row. At age 16, I was diagnosed with lupus. I had a tightness in my chest, headaches and joint pain and was incredibly lucky to get diagnosed with lupus very early on in my illness. Lupus is rare in men (only 10% of lupus patients are men) and even more rare is that, in my case, it affected my lungs.
My entire family has passionately joined the fight against lupus. Fifteen years ago, I helped form Lupus LA with world-renowned lupus doctor, Dr. Daniel J. Wallace. Laurie joined the team when we met and has become actively involved in Lupus LA's many events. Lupus LA is now the top lupus organization on the west coast and has raised millions of dollars for lupus research along with tremendous awareness through its ties to Hollywood.
Running the 5K is something that I never really thought about - my lupus, while under control, still affects my lungs and, therefore, makes cardio exercise a challenge. However, as a result of Laurie's encouragement, I finished the first 5K we did three years ago and haven't looked back. I will be completing this 5K in honor of all those who fight lupus everyday.
Although lupus affects nearly 1.5 million Americans and millions more worldwide, it is the least known major disease in this country and is very difficult to diagnose. Lupus is just now getting more attention and only very recently had the first new drug approved for treatment in nearly 50 years. The money we raise will help continue very promising research, and I am so pleased that you have now decided to join our fight.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
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!