NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, October 27th, thousands
of New York City families got "into the loop" with the S.L.E. Lupus
Foundation at the first-ever Pumpkin Festival in Central Park, presented by
Camp Sunshine and the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation.
More than 30,000 carved pumpkins lined the park's paths, while the
Foundation distributed nearly 10,000 orange lupus awareness wristbands
saluting Lupus Awareness Month.
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Former NFL Super Bowl star Jerome "The Bus" Bettis made a special
appearance at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's tent to help pass out
wristbands and lupus fact cards, and sign autographs and take pictures with
fans. As a presenting sponsor and long-time partner of Camp Sunshine, the
Foundation also hosted the festival's Pumpkin Patch and gave away gourds to
the first 7,500 attendees.
"For the past eight summers, we have sent New York City kids affected
by lupus and their families to Camp Sunshine in Maine for a much-needed
week of joy, peace and relaxation," said S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Executive
Director, Margaret Dowd. "The Pumpkin Festival is a terrific opportunity
for our organizations to bring New Yorkers together for a fun day in the
park to support a wonderful cause and to educate more people about lupus."
In lupus, the body's immune system forms antibodies against itself,
attacking otherwise healthy tissues and organs. Often characterized by
extreme fatigue, fever, joint pain, and skin rash, lupus can cause
life-threatening damage to the heart, kidneys and other major organs.
The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is New York City's leading resource for
people affected by lupus. Ten years ago, the Foundation created the orange
loop as the defining global symbol of lupus, and urges everyone to "Get
into the Loop" and work for a time when lupus can be prevented, treated,
About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, headquartered in New York and with offices
in Los Angeles, is the leading lupus organizations in the country providing
patient services, education, public awareness and funding for novel lupus
research. For more information on lupus and Lupus Awareness Month, visit
SOURCE S.L.E. Lupus Foundation