TAKE A STEP TO CONQUER LUPUS…

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MARKHAM, ON, May 6 /CNW/ - In the month of May residents in communities across Canada will participate in Lupus Canada's most important public awareness and fundraising event, Walk for Lupus. Lupus Canada, in partnership with its provincial member organizations, is holding their 10th Annual Walk for Lupus campaign in conjunction with World Lupus Day to help increase awareness and funds for lupus. May 10th, 2011 is the 8th Annual World Lupus Day and events will be held worldwide in an effort to bring more awareness to this under-funded and under-recognized disease. For more information on World Lupus Day, please visit www.worldlupusday.org.

Joining in our efforts to promote awareness of this life-threatening and life-altering disease are our Lupus Canada Ambassadors Colin Mochrie, Debra McGrath and Patrick McKenna.

"Having Lupus directly affecting my family makes it easy to be involved with Lupus Canada — but I stay because of all the fabulous work they do" Patrick McKenna

"We are involved with Lupus because we really believe that with money and focus, this terrible and complicated disease could become a thing of the past" Debra McGrath & Colin Mochrie

Lupus affects tens of thousands of Canadian men, women and children, yet many people are still unaware of the disease. It can attack any tissue or organ in the body. Lupus patients often suffer from the disease in very different ways, hence the moniker "The Disease with 1000 Faces". Common symptoms of lupus include joint pain, skin rashes, sun sensitivity, extreme fatigue, fever, chest pain and seizures. Lupus can strike any tissue or organ in the body, including skin, muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain. Lupus symptoms vary drastically from person to person and can mimic other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. If left untreated, lupus can be fatal. Increased awareness and early diagnosis is vital to improving the overall quality of life of the thousands of Canadians living with lupus.

Formed in 1987 through the association of Canadian lupus organizations, Lupus Canada was federally registered as a non-profit charity in February 1988 and incorporated in March 1989. The charity provides leadership and support to Canada's lupus organizations by working together to conquer lupus.

Take a step to conquer lupus… JOIN a walk, START a walk or DONATE to a walk to support research and help us ensure people living with lupus are living well with lupus!

For more information about Walk for Lupus please visit www.walkforlupus.ca or call 1-800-661-1468

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Video: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/mmnr/smr/Lupus_Eng_OCT Tag.FLV

SOURCE Lupus Canada

For further information:

Catherine Madden, Executive Director, Lupus Canada
Tel: 905-513-0004
Email: catherine.madden@lupuscanada.org
www.lupuscanada.org

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