Photo: New York Goes Orange for Pumpkin Festival and Lupus Awareness Month

With Help from Famed NFL Pro-Bowler Jerome 'The Bus' Bettis

Oct 31, 2007, 01:00 ET from S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

    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,
 and cured.
     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