Portland, OR – Lupus is more common than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and cystic fibrosis combined, and yet few people know this startling statistic. Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus kicked off its first ever walk for lupus awareness last year and this year the event is bigger than ever. Butterflies in the Park – A Walk for Lupus Awareness is back and being held at Oaks Park! Last year, more than 300 people affected by lupus joined Molly’s Fund for a morning of walking, talking, education and advocacy. This year, the organization expects close to 600 people to participate. Joining the walk is easy – visit www.MollysFund.org or register direct at: www.mollysfundevents.org/butterfliesinthepark
“Our first ever walk was an enormous success,” said Molly McCabe, co-founder of Molly’s Fund. “We had no idea if anyone would attend, and we were delighted to see so many concerned about lupus awareness, education and the need for a cure. The walk was so inspirational, other lupus walks in our name are starting to sprout up around the country.”
DATE: May 18th
LOCATION: Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park WayPortland, OR97202)
TIME: 9am to Noon
What is Lupus? Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). When a person has lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, and it cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. The result is intense inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. There is no cure, and thousands of Oregonians suffer from this illness, and millions do world wide.
Why Butterflies in the Park is important:
- 1 in 185 people have lupus
- More than 16,000 develop the disease each year (in the US)
- Ninety percent of people with lupus are women, and 80% develop the disease between the ages of 15 and 45
- Lupus is 3 times more likely among women of color
- Lupus is more common than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and cystic fibrosis combined…
- Money raised at Butterflies in the Park funds Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. Molly’s Fund is a recognized leader in providing patient-first support to those affected by this disease. Through support groups, education, advocacy and awareness building, Molly’s Fund is Oregon’s leading lupus organization.
Visit www.MollysFund.org for more information.
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