Today is May 1st, the kickoff of Lupus Awareness Month and something amazing is happening right here in Hampton Roads. People are going purple everywhere. All over social media, inside restaurants, stores, schools and more; you can find men, women and children wearing purple and raising their hands for Lupus. Yes, raising their hands, as the National Sign for Lupus is the L-Hand Sign.
What is Lupus? Many of you may be wondering exactly what is it and that’s actually not uncommon because so many don’t know what it is. “Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years,” as stated by the Lupus Foundation of America at www.lupus.org. They go on to describe Lupus as, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases. Please check out their website for more information on Lupus and what they do.
In the meantime you can get involved and help right here in Hampton Roads. A phenomenal pillar of our community, Ms. Kimberly Wimbish, owner of KMK Productions, has sought out again to inform, uplift and support our community with her philanthropic endeavors. Wimbish, has joined forces with Josh Alvelo, owner of Innovative Twist, to bring the First Ever Hampton Roads Lupus Walk for a Cure, taking place on May 31st at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth. Of course they couldn’t make this event happen alone, they have partnered with great sponsors such as 103 Jamz Radio, Target and Brinkley Financial Firm, to name a few and a host of volunteers. Hampton Roads has not been shy to stand up and support the cause either. Men and women have come forward to share their stories of living with Lupus or losing loved ones to this disease.
If you ever wonder how you can make a difference, this is definitely one way to do it. Visit www.lupuswalkforacure.squarespace.com for more information and to register for the First Annual Hampton Roads Lupus Walk for a Cure. Volunteers are also needed. If you are unable to attend, donations are always welcomed and appreciated. As a community let’s raise our hands and walk together, moving one step closer to finding a cure for Lupus. May 31, 2014 I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, VA.
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