Local Teen Named Ambassador for Upcoming Lupus Walk

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Rachel Hampton, supported by her group LaLa’s for Lupus, named Western Suburbs Lupus Walk Ambassador

CHICAGO, IL, July 18 – This year, the Chicago Western Suburbs will host the 11th annual Lupus Walk on August 13th, 2016, with local teen Rachel Hampton and her family as its ambassador. Diagnosed at age 8 with systemic lupus, Rachel has become an advocate for educating people about the disease.

“If I could tell the world one thing about Lupus it would be that you are not exempt from the effects of Lupus. Some day it will touch your life either personally or through someone you know. So please learn about it, educate others and help find a cure in my life time.”

Over 1000 participants are expected to attend in the hopes of raising $50,000 toward LSI’s mission: to promote lupus awareness and complement the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research.

Along with raising awareness, the Lupus Walk will also be full of fun activities, such as a DJ and entertainment, a raffle and a team t-shirt contest. There will be a festival area with a stage and tents for LSI sales, kids’ activities, top teams and sponsors. Light refreshments will be served.
About the Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk
WHEN: 10:00am-12:00pm, August 13th, 2016
WHERE: Naperville River Walk, Naperville

REGISTRATION:
Day-of registration begins at 9am – adults: $30, kids (12 and under): $10
Online pre-registration HERE – adults: $25, kids (12 and under): $10
All registered participants receive an official 2016 Lupus Walk t-shirt and personal fundraising page
1 or 3-mile routes are available

About the Lupus Society of Illinois
The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI), formed in 1973, is the Midwest’s leading non-profit health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus.

LSI’s mission is to promote lupus awareness and complement the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research.

With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we:
• support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by
• lupus can have an improved quality of life;
• provide information to
• ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health
• professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease; and,
• conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf.

About Lupus:
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat.

For more information about lupus or the Lupus Society of Illinois contact Mary Dollear, Vice President, at (312) 542-0002.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dollear, LSI, (312) 648-6053, mary@lupusil.org

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