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Jun 22

Walk to End Lupus Now™ Registration Open

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 8:23 AM by Communications Department

The annual event takes place this June in Hampton Roads

This summer, hundreds of people in the Hampton Roads area will experience first-hand the power of the movement to end lupus. The Walk to End Lupus Now™ Hampton Roads takes place on June 25th, at the John B. Todd Stadium. Register today at The walk’s Grand Marshall will be Evelyn Braxton, mother of Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Toni Braxton. This cause is very important to Mrs. Braxton, as her daughter Toni suffers from lupus. “It is very important for me to spread the word on the importance of Lupus Awareness. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body by attacking and destroying healthy tissue. It is also a disease that flares, and remissions.”6-22 lupus

“My oldest daughter Toni, is amongst the at least 1.5 million Americans who live with Lupus every day. Lupus is growing rapidly and we have to continue to fight and stand in battling this disease, and we should be reminded of how necessary it is to stay in prayer and allow God to cover us and our families with faith and strength, as we forage on in this war to find a cure.”

Lupus has no known cause and no known cure, but affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide. .According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Lupus is two to three times more common in African American women than in Caucasian women and is also more common in women of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. African American and Hispanic women are also more likely to have active disease and serious organ system involvement. Despite its widespread prevalence, lupus research funding and awareness of its brutal impact remain low. Learn more about education events and local support groups and donate by visiting