SOURCE: Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Foundation of America

February 08, 2016 09:00 ET

Make Your Mark™ Turns Events and Celebrations Into Fundraising Opportunities to Solve the Cruel Mystery of Lupus

Lupus Foundation of America's New Online Platform Allows People to Join the Fight Against Lupus

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 08, 2016) - Today, the Lupus Foundation of America announced the launch of Mark Your Mark, an online fundraising platform to empower supporters and bring together communities across the country to make their mark in the fight against lupus by creating their own unique event to raise money to support the millions of families impacted by lupus.

The Make Your Mark online fundraising platform allows supporters to create their own personal page, and provides individuals with the tools and resources to make the event their own -- whether it's a birthday party, marathon, fashion show, or bake sale, the possibilities are endless. Individuals are encouraged to get creative and engage their network of friends, family and colleagues in raising funds. The donation platform accepts online donations, distributes emails to friends, and tracks fundraising progress. Fliers, event guides and social media tools are also available to help individuals promote their event and connect and support each other.

"Make Your Mark provides every person touched by lupus with the opportunity to inspire a member of his or her community who will in turn inspire others to join the fight to end lupus," said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. "Our dedicated lupus activists truly have the power to make their mark, and change the future for those living with lupus."

Lupus is a complex and misunderstood autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. It strikes without warning, is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Despite the widespread prevalence of lupus, research on the disease has remained underfunded relative to its scope and devastation. Make Your Mark will allow the Lupus Foundation of America to increase its fundraising, support critical research and expand education and support services to people with lupus and their families. 

To register or learn more, visit lupus.org/makeyourmark.

About the Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Lupus

Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to diseases of similar scope and devastation.

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