Lupus Awareness Day held today

Published 8:20 pm Friday, May 29, 2015

An event Saturday hopes to educate the community about the autoimmune disorder lupus.

The Lupus Warriors support group in Dallas County will have its first Lupus Awareness Day Saturday at the Alexis Hunter Memorial Park behind Selma High School. The day will welcome individuals with lupus, caretakers and those interested in becoming more aware of the disease. A lupus walk will be held at 10:30 a.m., and registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. A lupus ride, featuring bikers from across the state, will also be held. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can attack and damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and internal organs.

Founder of the area support group Tiffany Moore said the awareness day will help educate people about the disease.

“There are a lot of people living with lupus in the community,” she said. “The support group just started in May. We’re just trying to identify people who need services.”

Services might not be provided yet, but Moore said she and others just want to get to know the needs of individuals with lupus in order to help them.

In addition to recognizing those who might need services, caregivers will be offered support for their efforts.

Awareness is a part of the mission of the walk and activities. Moore wants the community to become familiar with all aspects of lupus.

“A lot of people really don’t know the seriousness of the disease, and how it affects not only the person with it, but how it affects the family,” she said. “People who are interested, but don’t know about the disease, I want them to come out.”

It’s not too late to be a part of the cause. Those who didn’t register for the walk, can register at the event.

A registration fee of $10 will be required at the occasion.

Participants with children will be charged $20. Vendors have to pay a fee of $50 to set up at the event. All proceeds will go to the support group and the Lupus Foundation of America Mid-South Chapter.