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Official Charity Highlight: Premier Charities — Lupus LA

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Premiere Charity: Lupus LA

2013 5K and Marathon 342014 will mark the 5th year that Team Lupus LA has been participating in the ASICS LA Marathon. Formerly known as Team Life Without Lupus, Team Lupus LA has a new look and a new attitude! Lupus LA is proud to be a premier charity of the ASICS LA Marathon and uses this wonderful community event as a way to spread awareness.

Team Lupus LA is a group of walkers and runners who are dedicated to the important cause of raising awareness and funds for lupus patients and research. We provide our team with free training by certified trainers, fun incentives, and lots of encouragement along the way. Each year the team continues to grow and we hope that you will consider joining us! Team Lupus LA participates in the 5K, Charity Relay, and the marathon.

You may or may not know someone who has lupus. You may not even know what lupus is! But chances are that someone close to you may know all too well. Lupus affects 1.5 million Americans, and over 60,000 people in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Yet, because of the complexities surrounding a lupus diagnosis, many individuals choose to hide their illness.

A big part of Lupus LA’s mission is to spread awareness about this chronic, incurable disease, and to help give a voice to lupus patients everywhere. Lupus is more prevalent than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. It can affect any organ in the body, and is the leading cause of kidney disease, stroke and premature cardiovascular disease in young women. To learn more about lupus, please visit our website: www.lupusla.org.

In addition to raising awareness, Lupus LA raises funds for its patient services programs, local rheumatology fellowships and research partner, the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) – the world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in lupus.

If you would like to join the fun and support Team Lupus LA, please email Megan Hatch, Special Events Manager, at mhatch@lupusla.org. For more information about our programs, including support groups and patient conferences, please contact the Lupus LA office at 310-657-5667.

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