Join me and discover the power you have to help end lupus! I’m taking part in the 27th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now® on October 28th in Philadelphia.
My daughter Wendy Dion’s fight with lupus began 27 years ago.At first, it was high blood pressure, kidney problems and fatigue.In spite of chemo and steroids, the disease progressed until her kidneys began to fail.In 2010 I gave her my 68 year old kidney which has now also failed.Lupus wasn’t done with her, however.She suffered a heart attack, aortic dissection and heart valve replacement on New Year’s Day of this year and is now receiving dialysis three days a week.She faces a second open heart surgery to replace another leaky heart valve.I forgot to mention the eight days she spent in intensive care in a Costa Rican hospital while “celebrating” her anniversary and birthday two years ago.Persistent anemia is helping to keep her off the transplant list for the time being.Now on long term disability from the cardiac cath lab nurse job she loved, she maintains her feisty positive attitude and enjoys babysitting her grandson.She is fortunate to have a loving, supportive husband, children, and family.
This is the 27th year for our team’s participation in the Lupus Loop.Through the generosity of Family and Friends of Wendy Dion, we have raised many thousands of dollars to help find a cure.Recent advances in stem cell and genetic research give us hope.Thank you in advance for your support again this year.
Lou and Ginny
The money I raise helps sustain the support programs and services of the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter that help the more than 48,000 individuals living with the challenges of lupus in the Tri-State area.
You can make a difference in the continued effort to find the causes of and cure for lupus through locally funded research and advocacy efforts.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body. This disease can cause inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system. Lupus is a disease of flares and remission – making life with lupus very unpredictable. It strikes mostly women of childbearing age; although women of all ages, as well as men and children, develop lupus. It is a life-threatening, life-diminishing disease.
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