Second Annual Walk for Lupus in Baltimore Set for September 26
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ — People with lupus, their families, friends and co-workers will participate in the Second Annual Walk for Lupus Now! Baltimore on Saturday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Y of Central Maryland Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center at Stadium Place, 900 E. 33rd Street. Affecting mostly women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. There is no fee to walk. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. To register: www.baltimorelupuswalk.org.
“Our Baltimore and Washington Walks are vital to help us provide many free, ongoing services to people with lupus in our area,” said Penny Fletcher, president and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter (LFAGW, includes Baltimore).
LFAGW’s free services include workshops on living with lupus and the latest treatments, regular support groups, counseling, support for newly diagnosed patients, the annual symposium, a newsletter and more. The next Living with Lupus workshop in Baltimore will be held on October 24, 2009 at the Y of Central Maryland.
LFAGW expects this year’s Walk turnout to double, reflective of the 70,000+ people with lupus in the Washington and Baltimore areas out of more than 1.5 million in the U.S.
The top local teams, their leaders and fundraising goals include:
- Ebony and Ivory: Leaders — Erin Finnegan and Joconda “Mama Jo” Barnes, Baltimore: $5,000
- Chaprigo: Leader — Brian Chap, Baltimore and Janel Fadrido, NYC: $2,000
- Lay Lay: Leader — Bernice Banks, Cockeysville: $7,000
- Te-Ja: Leader — Towanda Jones, Bowie: $1,000
- Samyria Smiles: Team Leader — Tazaa Sweeney, Baltimore: $2,000
- Karen’s Butterfly Brigade: Leader — Karen Evans, Baltimore: $5,000
“There is a very realistic possibility that there will be a cure (for lupus) in my lifetime, and I’m willing to get the word out any way I can,” said team leader Erin Finnegan, diagnosed with lupus last year at age 25 and currently working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore
Founded in 1974 , the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington (LFAGW) Chapter, Inc. provides free, current information, education programs and outreach services to improve the quality of life for people with lupus while also supporting research. Toll-free number in D.C., Md., Va. and W.Va.: 1-888-349-1167 or 202-349-1167. Web site: www.lupusgw.org.
SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter