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Raising lupus awareness

Dear Editor:

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and on May 20, Team Kingsley (Leto/Fightlin) will again participate in the annual Walk for Lupus Now in Denver. Lupus.org holds these walks across the country during May and affords us an opportunity to raise awareness of and donations for the important research necessary to fight lupus.

Although approximately 80 percent of the population has little or no idea what lupus is, it is more prevalent than AIDS, sickle-cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 1.5 million to 2 million Americans have some form of lupus. Although the disease affects both males and females, women are diagnosed nine times more often than men. It often takes years for the correct diagnosis because lupus mimics so many other illnesses. At present, there is no cure for lupus, nor has an effective and affordable treatment been found.

We walk the walk every year in hopes that such a treatment will be found!

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, kidneys, lungs, heart, nervous system and/or other body organs or system. It acts as if the body is allergic to itself. The immune system attacks itself and the body’s organs.

As a woman living with lupus and its devastating effects, I urge you to help support our efforts on May 20.

Donations may be made at http://www.walkforlupus.org/denver/teamkingsley or by mailing checks payable to the Lupus Foundation, c/o Leto/Fightlin, 715 E. Hyman Ave., No. 26, Aspen, CO 81611.

To learn more about Lupus, log on to http://www.lupus.org.

Katie Leto

Captain, Team Kingsley


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