On March 3rd, I was fortunate enough to participate in the annual “Walk with Us” to cure Lupus that was held at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
This is a nationwide event that is held by the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR). The mission of the ALR is to raise awareness, find better treatments, and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus erythematosus, a debilitating autoimmune disease, by supporting medical research.
This walk was especially important to me because a dear family friend of mine currently suffers from lupus. It breaks my heart to know that there is still no cure to this awful disease. Doing my part by donating and participating in events such as this one helps me to feel content in knowing I’m doing all I can to help find the cure for my friend and all the others battling lupus as well.
Before the walk began, the cheerleaders and I were so excited to meet all of the other supporters that came out that morning. There was a pretty large crowd of people from all over South Florida including men, women, children and even their pups! Many of them designed their own “Walk with Us” t-shirts and entered in a contest to see who had the best design. Me and the other cheerleaders were able to be the judges. They all did such a wonderful job it was very difficult to choose a winner! Mingling with everyone and hearing their stories was so rewarding and humbling.
It was an amazing experience, and I even walked away with some delicious jumbo sized gummy bears! I will definitely return next year and I hope to see you there!