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Lupus Awareness Virtual Race

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

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“You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Lupus Awareness is a cause that brings attention to debilitating disease that is so difficult to see. Our Lupus Awareness virtual race benefits the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR).

In Latin, the word “lupus” literally means “wolf”. Due to the Latin translation, the wolf has served as an effective symbol for lupus awareness.

*Medal design by Mikayla Hopper

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The race fee includes the finisher’s medal, downloadable race bib, coupons, snacks, and shipping. We welcome international participants and ship globally. Shipping rates may differ for international orders.

 

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Our Lupus Awareness virtual race benefits the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR).

The Alliance for Lupus Research is the world’s largest private funder of lupus research, committing almost $100M to date. We aim to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus by supporting bio-medical research. Because the ALR Board of Directors pays all operating expenses, 100% of all donations go directly to support research. ALR leverages every dollar donated for maximum impact.

 

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).

These are some additional facts about lupus that you should know:

• Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.

• Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above.

• Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.

• Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.

• Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. The actual number may be higher; however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the U.S. living with lupus.

• More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.

• It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.

• Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people will develop lupus between the ages of 15-44.

• Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.

• People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.

(http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/what-is-lupus)

3 reviews for Lupus Awareness Virtual Race

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Let me tell you Lupus is tough to battle. I watched my partners grandmother battle it and I didn’t care for it. You never want to see your loved ones limited by disease. I ran this race for her and the medal is BEAUTIFUL! #GrandmaGrace

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I ran this virtual race for my daughter who lives with Lupus. When she was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 17 and her response was “this won’t define me’. She’s now a Dean’s List junior in college and lives her life out loud. I hope to be as strong as her some day and this race was a great way to show that to her.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Dedicated my run to friends who have Lupus. It’s a worthy cause and the medal is gorgeous!

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