Lupus Awareness Month is upon us and October brings with it exciting activities to raise funds and highlight a debilitating condition currently affecting up to 50,000 Britons.
Lupus affects mainly women between the ages of 15 and 44. Due to overlapping symptoms with other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and ME, and the fact that there is still no clinical test to detect it, many instances of lupus remain undiagnosed.
General symptoms include butterfly-shaped rashes, fever, depression, anaemia, headaches, mouth ulcers and joint and muscle pain. The body’s immune system turns against itself and attacks vital organs, often striking without warning. If left untreated, lupus can affect the blood, heart, kidneys, brain and bone tissue. Awareness and donations are therefore of equal importance.
Lupus awareness events
Lupus UK has launched the ‘Adopt a Hospital’ campaign, which encourages its 5,500 existing members and regional groups from across the UK to distribute information about the condition in hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lupus UK will keep display stands well stocked with written materials, supplemented by medical talks, newsletters and campaigns.
Lunch4Lupus encourages people to have lunch or dinner parties to raise money for Lupus UK.
If you want to do that little bit more, join ‘Go That Extra Mile,‘ a three mile sponsored walk organised in many locations across the UK. Walk three miles, plus another mile to help bring in much-needed sponsorship money for Lupus UK.
Where does the money go?
- Supporting patients with lupus
- Grants for research and welfare
- Media talks
- Newsletters and magazines
- Organising fundraising events
It’s easy to donate or become a member of Lupus UK – simply click here to visit their website to access a mine of information and advice.