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To promote awareness, education, service and research for those affected by lupus.
One of every 200 people or an estimated 1.5 million Americans have lupus, yet lupus has a low-profile. But its low profile shouldn't minimize its seriousness. A small, but significant minoirty die each year from lupus. Most lupus patients have, thankfully, more manageable cases, but even the lucky ones lead lives altererd from what they planned for themselves,as most people are young and just starting their adult lives when diagnosed with lupus, and 90 percent are female.
In lupus, the immune system, instead of protecting the body from foreign invaders, becomes a misguided missile that hurls its weaponry at healthy tissue and organs. What a betrayal! The body's protector becomes its destroyer. While a healthy immune system produces antibodies to fight and destroy viruses and bacteria, the immune system of a lupus patient produces autoantibodies -- antibodies against the body's healthy cells and tissues.
Though more than 1.5 million Americans have lupus
- Marianne Clay
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