Events Geared to Build Awareness of the Disease that Strikes Over One
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.
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
|SOURCE The Lupus Foundation of America|
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