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Aiken organization helps support those living with lupus with annual walk

May 15, 2017

One local woman is continuing her cause of raising awareness of and supporting those living with lupus.

May is Lupus Awareness Month, and the Aiken-based organization Crowning Lupus is holding its fourth annual Lupus Walk on Saturday at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

Registration is $25 when payment is done in-person or by mail, and the cost is $29.50 when payment is completed online.

“Our walk illustrates the need for education and awareness of lupus to continue building corporate and political support for our organization to meet the needs of lupus survivors across the state,” said Jade Nealious, founder of Crowning Lupus.

Nealious who was diagnosed with lupus more than 10 years ago.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can hinder any area of the body, including skins, joints and/or organs, according to the National Resource Center on Lupus.

Friday is Put On Purple Day, where people across the nation are requested to wear purple for lupus awareness. On Sunday, Crowning Lupus and Tabernacle Medical Ministry are asking residents to wear purple to the services at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Blvd., Augusta.

Crowning Lupus has also received a South Carolina proclamation for Lupus Awareness Month, Nealious said.

“The mission of Crowning Lupus is to spread awareness about lupus through fundraising, education and involvement in communities across Aiken County and surrounding areas,” Nealious said. “Crowning Lupus also seeks to provide access to resources concerning health, wellness and assistance for lupus survivors who need assistance financially and mentally through support groups, awareness and fundraising events and programs.”

For more information, visit www.crowninglupus.com.