NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Lupus Foundation of America announces the 10th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now® in New York City, which has grown to become a powerful movement in the fight to end lupus.
"For 10 years, the community has come together to raise awareness for this devastating disease and support the search for treatments and cures. I am proud of what has been accomplished but am keenly aware of how much work still lies ahead," Sue Gloor, Regional Director, Lupus Foundation of America, Northeast Region.
Four of the founding members have worked on the New York City Walk Planning Committee every year: Fran Tsimoyianis from Queens, NY, captain of Team Alex; Lynnore Thames from Brooklyn, NY, captain of Lynnore's Brooklyn Walkers; Rasheda Thomas from Brewster, NY, captain of Indigo Blu; and Sara Katz from Bedford, NY, captain of Team Michael.
"The event allows me to connect with the larger community of people whose lives are impacted by lupus so that I can improve my overall quality of living, develop connections with others living with lupus, and be of assistance to those who need greater support than me," said Lynnore Thames, Captain of Lynnore's Brooklyn Walkers.
Each year, thousands of participants organize teams to walk in the event and raise funds, their reasons for participating vary but they share a common bond in the fight to end lupus.
Since 2008, participants have raised more than $3.25 million and walked a combined total of nearly 100,000 miles to fund education and support programs, advocacy initiatives, and research to improve the quality of life for those living with lupus. This year, the goal is to top the $4 Million mark through individual donations and corporate sponsorships.
The Walk to End Lupus Now™ New York City takes place on Saturday, May 6th. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. The walk begins and ends at the historic Seaport District located at 19 Fulton Street. Currently, more than 6,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend.
We would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors including Saks Fifth Avenue; Aureus, a Meijer Specialty Pharmacy; and the Seaport District.
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SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America