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Power Forward to Cure Lupus

 

 

Lupus has touched Chris’ family tremendously. His aunts Remonia and Brenda succumbed to the disease in August of 1991 and May of 1998, respectively. In addition, Chris’ sister Tehesia was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) when she was a 17 year old high school senior. Because of this, Chris does what he can to create and support ongoing efforts to fund Lupus research.

 

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease with no known cause or cure. When suffering from Lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders (viruses, bacteria, germs) and your body’s healthy tissues. Normally the immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders, but because the body cannot tell the difference, it creates auto antibodies that attack and ultimately destroy healthy tissue. This causes inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

 



Certain ethnic groups (people of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island descent) have a greater risk of developing lupus. Also, women are at higher risk than men, as 90% of people suffering from the disease are women.

“Lupus is an inherited disease throughout our family, so while it wasn't a total shock, it was very sad for the diagnosis to become a reality. My mother and I were very supportive and kept my sister motivated, lifted her spirits, and focused on being positive for her,” -Chris Wilcox

 



Like many of the 5 million Lupus survivors worldwide, Tehesia takes things day by day and is doing well. She realizes how fortunate she is to have a supportive brother.

"I think he has done a great job at raising money for Lupus research. I am very proud in his accomplishments in doing so and I feel very honored and privileged to have such a loving and caring sibling,"
–Tehesia Wilcox

More folks have lupus than sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis combined, yet it is the least known of all major diseases. Lupus research lags behind other diseases and therefore, the manufacturing of new medications.

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit voluntary health organization focused on improving the quality of life for people with lupus. Their unique dual mission serves the ongoing needs of people affected by lupus today while leading efforts to find a cure – from care to cure!

Through their programs of research, education, and advocacy, the LFA is leading efforts to bring national attention and resources to bear upon lupus.

For more information on the Lupus Foundation of America, please visit their website at
www.lupus.org


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About Lupus

  • Lupus is a disease a debilitating disease that hampers and attacks the immune system
  • More than 1.5 million people are affected by Lupus
  • 90% of people who suffer are women
  • Lupus most commonly affects African Americans, Native Americans, and Latina Americans
  • Every thirty minutes another young woman is stricken by Lupus
  • There is no cure or known cause
  • The Lupus Foundation provides research funds for the disease which has greatly affected the lives of Chris and his family
  • Click Here to find out more about the Lupus Foundation of America