Walk to END Lupus on Saturday, registration ends Friday

October 12, 2017 GMT

HARLINGEN – Saturday will be a time to walk, fundraise and enjoy a half day of fun – all in the name of raising awareness of lupus.

The Third Annual Walk to END Lupus NOW & 5K Fun Run will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Pendleton Park. Registration ends Friday at noon.

There will be a special appearance by La Nueva 99.5s Kike, the Party Man, Enrique Mejorado.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joins and organs.

Chronic means the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for years.

In Lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria and germs. Normally the immune system produces “antibodies” which protect the body.


However, “autoimmunity” means the immune system the system cannot tell the difference between the invaders and the healthy tissues.

As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is a part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its impacts.