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November 27, 2014

Join Hand in Hand to battle lupus

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 am

For the last two years, we have hosted an annual community event called the Hand in Hand for Lupus Awareness Walk in the Galveston County area. This year, the Lupus Foundation of America Texas Gulf Coast Chapter will be partnering with the Hand in Hand for Lupus Team to host the 2014 Walk to End Lupus Now Walk on April 26 at the Pleasure Pier in Galveston.

We are thrilled to be the first official walk taking place at this new and exciting venue. We took the initiative to spread awareness and raise funds in the Galveston County area, and we now are partnering with the Lupus Foundation of America, who will have the ability to reach even more individuals affected by lupus and spread awareness about the disease.

We are two determined individuals who refuse to let lupus take control of our mind, body or soul. Since 2011, we have taken the initiative to spread awareness and raise funds in the Galveston County area. We are willing to help raise money in finding a cure for this disease so we may help others that suffer with this disease as well.

For the first time in 2011, we formed a team in helping raise money in Houston for the Lupus Foundation of America. We walked in honor of two very dear friends, Jeanele Davis and Cathy Williams, who were unable to walk during that year because of their fight with lupus. We raised more than $1,000 with the help of many family and friends.

Well, it’s been three years since that time and we have raised up to $10,000 in funding and sponsorships. We are overly excited, prepared and willing to exceed our goal for 2014. This year, we will be partnering with the Lupus Foundation of America, which will give us the ability to reach even more individuals affected by lupus and spread awareness about the disease.

Without the help of our dedicated team members that consist of Cherrl McNeese-Amy, Tyrone Bowles, Gladys Hall, Commissioner Stephen Holmes, Lyn Matthews-Smith, Destin Simmons and many other volunteers and sponsors, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much, in such a short period of time. Lupus of America would not have been able to take this leap without the dedication and support of the Hand in Hand for Lupus Team.

In addition, this year, the Lupus Foundation of America Texas Gulf Coast Chapter will be hosting an educational program in the Galveston County area and begin bringing lupus awareness in to the public school system. So, please join them as they work in partnership to raise funds in support of the lupus community in one day finding a cure.

If you can help, please take the time to go online and register for the fundraiser and watch us grow with your gift, and by faith and prayer that they will double the blessing in 2014.

To register, visit 2014walktoendlupusnow.galvestoncounty.kintera.org.

Register, start a team, or donate today. Let’s make a difference together.


At a glance

WHO: Hand in Hand for Lupus Team and Lupus Foundation of America Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

WHAT: 2014 5K Walk to End Lupus Now

WHEN: 7:15 a.m. (registration) and 8:30 a.m. (walk begins) April 26

WHERE: Pleasure Pier, 25th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston

INFO: To register, visit 2014walktoendlupusnow.galvestoncounty.kintera.org