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Lupus Foundation to Host Community Outreach Initiatives
Date:3/10/2008

Events Geared to Build Awareness of the Disease that Strikes Over One

Million

PHILADELPHIA, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 1.5 million Americans (20,000 in the Philadelphia area alone) have a form of lupus, the chronic (incurable) disease that can result in severe joint pain and swelling, fevers, fatigue, skin rashes, anemia, chest pains, sun sensitivity, and other health effects, including organ failure and death. Lupus mostly strikes women of childbearing age -- between 15 and 44 -- although men and women of all ages can develop the disease as well. The Lupus Foundation of America, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter is sponsoring a number of community events this spring and summer to spread the word about diagnosis and support programs. The purpose of the initiative is to educate and support individuals with lupus and their families as well as raise funds to support local programs, services and research in our area.

Upcoming activities:

2008 Lupus Advocacy Day -- Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 7 a.m. departure.

Buses leave from:

Springfield H.S., 1801 E. Paper Mill Rd., Erdenheim, PA

St. Hilary's School, 920 Susquehanna Rd., Rydal, PA

TJ Maxx, 550 E. Lancaster Ave., St. David's, PA

Park & Ride off I-95 at Rt. 896, Newark, DE

Advocates and LFA members will travel together to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. The goal is to personally inform them how debilitating lupus can be and to urge them to allocate more funds for lupus research and education. 91 participants, including students from Springfield High School and St. Hilary's School will be meeting with the legislators.

Medical research leads to the discovery of new, safer, and more effective treatments for lupus, and ultimately a cure. There has been no new drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat lupus in nearly 40 yea
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