Annual Philadelphia Walk/Run Celebrates Milestones
JENKINTOWN, Pa., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The campaign for the 20th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk for Lupus Now recently kicked off in the Philadelphia Tri-State region! More than 4,000 walkers, runners, volunteers and supporters are expected to participate in the event which takes place on Sunday, October 30, 2011 in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.
“On our anniversary walk, we are thrilled to celebrate another milestone,” said Annette Myarick, CEO for the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. “Earlier this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved BENLYSTAÃ‚® for the treatment of lupus, a potentially life-threatening and unpredictable autoimmune disease.” BENLYSTA is the first treatment approved for lupus in more than 52 years, and is the first drug ever approved that was specifically developed to treat the disease. It signals a new era of improved treatment for the disease, and offers hope for a better quality of life for the over 40,000 people in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region living with lupus.
Proceeds from the Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk for Lupus Now support the programs and services of the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, including research. This year’s event marks the 20th annual event, the LFA’s oldest walk in the country. For more information or to register visit www.lupusloop.org or call 215-517-5070 (PA/NJ/DE 866-517-5070).
Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease in which the immune system is out of balance, causing inflammation and tissue damage to any organ system in the body. The health effects of lupus include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, miscarriages and organ failure. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have a form of lupus. For more information, visit www.lupustristate.org.
About the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter is a proud member of the LFA National Network, which is comprised of chapters, field offices, support groups, and community representatives. The LFA is the oldest and largest national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and a cure for lupus, and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its National Network are focused on improving quality of life for people with lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy.
Annette Myarick, CEO, Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Contact: Tri-State Chapter 215-517-5070
SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter