We walk for Linda Perlin -- daughter, sister, friend. Linda was a fierce light in the world. She was unapologetically herself every single day. She loved hard and laughed often. We walk because in her life, Linda put us first on the regular, and so we now give back in her name so that others do not have to suffer the way she did. Linda was diagnosed with lupus when she was 14. She fought against this disease the next 14 years, and yet, the disease was never something that defined her. Few people knew the extent to which she had to fight. On March 19th, at just 28 years old, Linda lost her life to lupus -- but not for a lack of strength! She lost the fight against Lupus because we have a lack of information about this mysterious disease and now that she is gone it is our responsibility to continue her fight, to do what we can to get the answers she needed, so that we can end lupus for good!
Please consider joining my team in the annual Walk to End Lupus Now, taking place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Walk to End Lupus Now™ is the signature event of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. In more than 50 cities across America, thousands of people walk to make a difference in the lives of those affected by lupus and to raise essential funds for research, education, and support services.
It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans and 5,000 individuals in Delaware have lupus. Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body. It is complex, and no two cases of lupus are the same. After more than 50 years of no new treatments for lupus, recently a new drug has been approved. This is wonderful news; however, we need an arsenal of new safe treatments to conquer lupus because the new treatment is not for all people with lupus. There is hope on the horizon, and with your help, we can find additional better treatments and a cure for lupus.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters, branches, and support groups conduct programs of research, education, and advocacy.
Thank you in advance for helping me AND the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter! I know we'll all feel good about supporting this important cause!