Mazzy Teich, Kildeer Resident & Stevenson HS Student Named Illinois Lupus Walk Ambassador
Mazzy Teich was diagnosed with lupus on May 2, 2014. About two weeks later, she and her family participated in the 2014 Illinois Lupus Walk. This year, Mazzy was selected as the Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk’s Ambassador.
“Mazzy is young and committed to raising awareness about lupus in her community,” says Charles Brummell, President and CEO of the Lupus Society of Illinois, the organization hosting the walk. “It can be challenging, especially for young people, to talk about having lupus – Mazzy has made building lupus awareness a regular occurrence.”
Mazzy, a Sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, has joined a chronic illness support group at school and shared information about lupus. She’s also formed a Lupus Walk Team, lupuscalifragilisticexpialidocious, and is sharing her story to help raise awareness about lupus.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. There is no cure for lupus and few treatments exist. The disease can be mild to life-threatening and affects each person differently. Among the most common symptoms are fatigue and body aches.
Mazzy was diagnosed with lupus after suffering with symptoms for two to three years. The average lupus diagnosis takes four or more years in part because there is no single test for the disease and the symptoms often mimic other diseases. Ninety percent of people with lupus are women in the prime of their lives and minorities are at greater risk for developing the disease; however, anyone at any age – regardless of race or gender – can develop lupus.
Mazzy’s main goal with her Walk Team is “to increase lupus awareness and eventually find a cure,” she says. A lack of lupus awareness has impacted her life: “it’s so different from diseases like cancer because everyone knows what that is,” she says. “It can get frustrating when someone asks me why I have a handicap placard because, they say, ‘you don’t look sick.’” Mazzy continues “The lack of consideration and knowledge of invisible illnesses is frustrating.”
And so on Sunday, May 31, 2015, Mazzy and her entire team will walk at the 8th annual Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk. “I want the world to see a disease that is invisible,” Mazzy says. “With knowledge comes power and with power comes a cure that can save the lives of thousands of people with lupus.”
About the Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk
The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) will host its eighth annual Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk event on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills. The event includes a choice of one or three mile walks through Half Day Forest Preserve. The family-friendly event features music and entertainment, a raffle, and kid’s activities. Teams and individuals are invited to raise funds for their efforts. Incentive prizes are awarded for fundraising.
All registered Walkers will receive an official Illinois Lupus Walk t-shirt on Walk Day. Registration is $25 for adults prior to the event and $30 for the day of the event. Kids 12 and under can register for $10 prior to or at the event.
WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Registration opens at 9 a.m.
Walk steps off at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Half Day Forest Preserve (Milwaukee Ave. and Woodlands Parkway, Vernon Hills)
COST: $25 advance registration, $30 on-site, $10 for children 12 and under
Register at www.lupuswalkil.org
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org