Dear Friends and Family,
I will be walking in the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, the largest LFA walk in the country! At present, 55,000 Georgians are living with Lupus. The Walk to End Lupus Now raises funds and awareness for the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of American. As team captain for The Purple Penquins I would like to extend an invitation for you to join our team, help us spread the word and garner increased support in our fundraising efforts.
My personal goal is to raise $1,000 to help our family and any other family that is affected by this still incurable, confusing and often times debilitating disease. I walk to give hope, to inspire, to make a change and to find a cure! The funds raised through the walk will ensure our chapter continues to provide and expand the only statewide, free educational programs, advocacy and awareness efforts including seven Lupus symposiums and new support groups across Georgia. Will you support my commitment and help me reach my personal fundraising goal?
Please visit my webpage, http://www.lupuswalkatlanta.com/purplepenguins or the Purple Penquins team page, http://www.lupuswalkatlanta.com/purplepenquins to join my team and/or make a tax-deductible donation. You may use a credit card on the secured website to receive an emailed tax receipt. You can also send a check payable to the Georgia Chapter with the form available on my website.
Ninety percent of every dollar we raise stays in Georgia ensuring our chapter continues to be a lifeline and a voice of hope, raising awareness and fighting for Lupus families. The Georgia chapter also supports national research efforts by funding and advocating for investment in Lupus.
Ten years ago barely anyone discussed Lupus, there was little awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of this ailment and very little investment in research. In 2011 the first new drug for Lupus treatment in 52 years was finally approved, giving hope to the 1.5 million American men, women and children living with Lupus. We are beginning to make strides but must ensure efforts to diagnose, understand, fight and eradicate this disease, continue at a more rapid pace. Please visit our chapter website at http://www.lupusga.org for more information or to get involved.
Thank you so much for your support! I will keep you updated as I reach my goal. Please feel free to forward my request to anyone you feel would support me and/or my team in the Walk to End Lupus Now! You may, as well, contact me at any time for more information or with any questions. Together, we can make a tremendous difference!
Christina D. Hardman