Come Join Us at the 7th Annual Lupus Race for Life 5k Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run at La Mirada Regional Park

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Join Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Runners, Walkers, and lupus patients at the 7th Annual Lupus International Race for Life 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 1, 2006 at La Mirada Regional Park, La Mirada, California. Each year this event is hosted by local law enforcement and fire fighting agencies in support of all those that suffer from the disease lupus. Join us by registering online at http://www.lupusinternational.com/events/race.aspx. All proceeds benefit Lupus International, headquartered in Irvine, California.

Lupus International is hosting their 7th Annual Lupus Race For Life 5k Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run at La Mirada Regional Park. This race has special meaning for many of the committee members that includes Fire Fighters and Police Officers from various counties throughout Southern California. Either they are victims of this disease or have loved ones that are suffering. Through their tireless efforts, it is their hope that the Lupus Race for Life will increase awareness, education, and research grants so that a cure is found in this lifetime.

Lupus International focuses on support and education for those who have lupus and their families. Communication is the key to understanding the critical needs of lupus sufferers. People need to be aware that while people with this illness look fine, the ravage of their bodies, the difficulty in daily living, the coping with severe pain is very tough to live with. A cure is desperately needed.

All participants will receive a t-shirt, participant bag, refreshments, and a pancake breakfast. There will be informational vendor booths as well. Our course is scenic, and shaded with a slide grade. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. There are park restrooms in addition to plenty of porta-potties. Parking is free.

New this year, for the first time, a marker can be purchased that will be placed along the course. The marker can represent your name or company; honor someone you care for, or an inspirational message. Get as many as you like - no limit! Cost: $100, all requests must be received no later than: September 12, 2006

Trophies are awarded to the top three male and female runners. Age group medals categories are: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69, and 70+. Teams with the most participants, organizations (according to size) with the most participants, the first law enforcement officer and the first fire fighter across the finish line are all eligible for awards.

Would you like to display your products and/or services? Booths are still available, contact us and ask for Jill Williams.

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) is a chronic disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. It is an auto-immune disorder whereby the body’s immune system attacks the recipient and manifests itself in a myriad of ways. Lupus affects more than 2.5 million people. The cause for this tragic disease is yet unknown, and there is currently no cure. When a person develops serious Lupus, they may have problems with their kidneys, heart, lungs or blood cells. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose and can mimic other diseases.    

Lupus International’s primary mission is to eradicate Lupus by supporting Lupus research, alleviating suffering for Lupus patients through patient services, and effecting early detection of undiagnosed cases through awareness promotions.    There is hope. The Lupus Support Center provides encouragement to patients and families with the resources to improve communication and coping skills. To learn more, visit us at http://www.lupusinternational.com .

Lupus International founded in 1983, is a primary resource for education and support of Lupus sufferers in Southern California. Lupus International serves eight Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. During our 22 years, we have provided thousands of people with educational and supportive services.

We hope to see you there to support this worthy cause. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at http://www.lupusinternational.com/join/volunteer.aspx. Registration can be completed through the mail, over the phone, or online at

http://www.lupusinternational.com/events/race.aspx

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