Join your KBLX Dream Team as they participate in the 10th Annual Walk to End Lupus on Sunday, October 21st at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Festivities begin at 9:30am, with your Dream Team Funny Man, Tony Sco as your host. To Donate or join Team KBLX’s team, click HERE!
About the Lupus Foundation of America
- The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus.
- The foundation has a comprehensive mission to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.
What is lupus? / Lupus Facts
- Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including the skin, joints and organs. The health effects of lupus can range from skin rash to stroke or seizure.
- Lupus can strike anyone at any time, but 90 percent of the people living with lupus are women.
- Recently, lupus was found to be among the leading causes of death in young women.
- Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among women of color – African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders – than among Caucasian women.
- Common symptoms include extreme fatigue, headaches, painful or swollen joints, fever, anemia, butterfly-shaped rash on the face, photosensitivity, hair loss, abnormal blood clotting, mouth or nose ulcers, pain in chest on deep breathing and fingers turning white and/or blue when cold.
- The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have some form of lupus. On average, it takes nearly six years for people with lupus to be diagnosed, from the time they first notice their lupus symptoms.
- An estimated two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18-34 know little or nothing about lupus beyond the name.
- We need greater public awareness and understanding of lupus, so we can get the funding and resources needed to advance new treatments for people with lupus.