Local Teen Named Illinois Lupus Walk Ambassador 2016

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Meaghan Fox, lifelong lupus patient, leads 2016 Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk

CHICAGO, IL, Apr. 7 – This year, the Chicago Southern Suburbs will host its 8th annual Lupus Walk on May 21st, 2016, with local teen Meaghan Fox as its ambassador. Meaghan has been a lupus patient for most of her life and has committed herself to supporting the Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) to help others understand the realities of her complex illness. She is also a recipient of the LSI’s “Living with Lupus” grant, provided by the organization to assist lupus patients with the excessive medical costs associated with treating the chronic nature of the disease.

Meaghan says, “Not enough noise is being made about lupus, and I hope one day that because of LSI, we will be able to roar!” It is her hope to give those living with lupus a louder voice in an effort to increase funding and research for new treatments and, someday, even a cure. She will be speaking at the Lupus Walk alongside LSI’s President & CEO Charles Brummell.

Over 750 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: 9:00am-12:00pm, May 21st, 2016
WHERE: Bicentennial Park – 3401 203rd Street, Olympia Fields

REGISTRATION:
Day-of registration begins at 9am – adults: $30, kids (12 and under): $10
Online pre-registration HERE (www.lupuswalkil.org) – 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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