Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease causing pain and inflammation, most commonly affecting joints, skin, or internal organs. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus. Lupus can be quite debilitating, with 89% of sufferers reporting that they can no longer work full time due to the complications surrounding their illness.
The 3rd annual Paint Vicksburg Purple Lupus Awareness Weekend begins this Saturday, May 15, with a Lupus Walk. The walk begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of Washington and Veto Streets and ends at the intersection of Washington and Jackson Streets. Participants are encouraged to wear purple.
The Kick’n It For Lupus kickball game is another fun way to support the cause. The game will be held at the Vicksburg City Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The weekend wraps up with a Lupus Awareness Family & Friends Day at the City Pavilion at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.
For more information, contact Airrica Bowman-Coleman at 901-343-1593.
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