LUPUS WALK The purpose of a well functioning immune system is to protect our bodies from foreign substances. When an individual has Lupus, their immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. This causes damage to many parts of the body including joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and the brain. Even though anyone can get Lupus, 90% of Lupus patients are women; primarily, of African (or Black) American, Latino/Latina, Asian, and Native American descent. The primary cause of Lupus is unknown. Research suggests that Lupus is genetic. However, people can develop Lupus at any point in their life. The Lupus Walk hopes to promote awareness about the autoimmune disease. We hope to encourage individuals living with Lupus to come out and be active and parade their strength to others. We are also seeking to have many individuals who do not have Lupus to come out and not only express their support to the Lupus patients, but to also learn more about the disease. Our initiative is to have the day based on raising a community that motivates one another to continue our battles in life, whatever they may be. Our goal is not only to raise funds for those affected by Lupus, but to also raise awareness amongst the general population about Lupus. To achieve this, we plan on having an event after the walk that will include booths of information about Lupus, stage performances, face-painting, and other fun activities to engage the community (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and beyond) while they learn about Lupus and ways of supporting the efforts towards a cure!