Walk for Lupus Expects Record Success

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Short Takes

Published on August 17, 2011 with No Comments

Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter (LFA) supporters are encouraged to register for Walk for Lupus Now Northwest Indiana on Sept. 10 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Individuals, as well as teams from businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations are invited to register for the event. One, two and three mile routes will be offered in the non-competitive walk. A vendor show, silent auction, live entertainment and more will be included in the festivities. More than 50 teams and an estimated 750 walkers participated in the 2010 event. With the help of record breaking attendance, the 2010 walk raised $50,000 to support chapter programs and activities. Proceeds from the annual walk will help increase lupus awareness and education, maintain support groups and support lupus research. “In addition to many teams that participate year after year, we have a large number of new teams participating in the walk,” said Michelle Hurst, co-chairman of the event. “US Steel is among the new teams.” US Steel is a Gold Sponsor of the event. “Col. John Wheeler Middle School, Winfield-Jerry Ross Elementary and Eisenhower Elementary are among the new school teams that have registered,” said Hurst. Last year’s largest team, Team Matthews, has already raised more than $7000 for the LFA. The team solicited several large sponsors for the walk, including Print Solutions, BMW of Schererville and Franciscan Hospitals. Team Matthews’ captain, Zoie Matthews, is a Crown Point High School student who has lupus. Her team raised more than $10,000 at last year’s event. For more information about the Walk for Lupus Now Northwest Indiana event, to register a team or offer assistance as a volunteer, contact the chapter office at 800-948-8806.

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