2008-09-19 / Community

Walk-Along For Lupus And Help Find A Cure

Every day 44 people are diagnosed with lupus, a chronic life-threatening disease that has no cure. This disease can attack and cause damage to every organ in the body and it affects more people than MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Sickle-Cell Anemia and Cystic Fibrosis combined. There has not been a new medication approved for it in more than 40 years. These statistics do not tell the full story of what lupus can do The Lupus Alliance of Long Island/Queens has been helping those with lupus for more than 50 years. Although several fundraisers are held throughout the year to help the organization, driven by volunteers, raise the funds to support their programs, the Walk-Along for Lupus is their biggest and most successful event. The 15th Anniversary Walk-Along for Lupus will be held on Sunday, October 19 in Eisenhower Park, Field 6, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. More than 2000 participants are expected for the 5K walk and for the festivities that will include lunch, face painting, the USA Skateasauras, live music from the Red, White and Blues band, the NY Islanders give-a-way van, Greg T and the Z100 Prize Van, massage demonstrations and more.

To register for this event, visit www.lupusliqueens.org where you can register and collect donations online. Pre-registered teams that raise more than $300 before October 1 will receive signs with their team name on them that they can proudly display as they walk and teams that have more than eight people can order pre-packaged lunches for every member of their team. Those who raise $50 or more will receive a Walk T-shirt and those who raise $500 or more will receive a gift card. For more information, call 516-783-3370 or e-mail the Lupus Alliance at info@lupusliqueens.org.

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