Save a Life Come Out for the 9th Annual Lupus Race for Life 5K Run/walk and 1 Mile Run at La Mirada Regional Park

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If you could change the world would you? Just by participating in the Lupus Race for Life you will. You will change the life of a person with lupus.

If you could change the world would you? Just by participating in the Lupus Race for Life you will. You will change the life of a person with lupus.

For the millions affected by lupus worldwide, your support means hope for a better tomorrow. If you can run, then walk, if you can't walk then donate or volunteer. There area many ways to get involved--each will have a direct impact on the lives of lupus patients.

This is the largest lupus race in the entire United States. It is the only event that brings together police and fire for one cause--fighting lupus.

Each year, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca runs this race. Often times he is the first law enforcement officer across the finish line. CHP Chief Warren Stanely along with OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, and LAPD Chief William Bratton will be in attendance.

There are an overwhelming number of officers and fire fighters that run in honor of someone with lupus. We are also proud to have the support of the NLPOA (National Latino Police Officers Association) North Los Angeles County Chapter. They have gone above and beyond to support our cause.

Sunday, October 5, 2008, marks the 9th year Lupus International has hosted this event. This year we are dedicating the race in memory of Lt. Darrell Poncy. He passed away unexpectedly while doing what one the things he loved-running. Everyone who knew Darrell has been affected by this loss.

In his honor, we are renaming the first law enforcement officer across the finish line, the Darrell Poncy Spirit Award. This will be given to the first male and female law enforcement officers who cross the 5K finish line.

We are excited that there are a number of new running categories to compete for-age group increments are now five years, running teams have been added and the number of awards for kids have been increased.

The award categories are as follows: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 5K overall male and female; 1st place 5K law enforcement officer Lt. Darrell Poncy Spirit Award male and female; 1st place 5K fire fighter male and female; Organization with most participants based on number of employees: 500 and above, 201-499, 200 and below; Running/Walking Club with most participants based on number of members: 100 and above, 60-99 and 59 and below. Medals will be awarded for 5K participants in 5-year age increments-1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female age division winners.

Note: All participants under the age of 19 will receive a medal of merit for completing the 5K. They must be registered and complete the event either walking or running. New 5K Team Category (min. 5 person teams):1st, 2nd and 3rd place team for law enforcement male and female; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team fire fighter male and female; 1st,2nd, and 3rd place team open div male and female.

1-mile kid run is for children 13 and under. Medals of merit will be awarded to all kids registered and who cross the finish line. Plus, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place boy and girl; age groups 6 and under, 7-9 and 10-13 will receive trophies for first place age winner finishers and medals for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

With the support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and his deputy Andrea Avila we have achieved great success.

You can register and donate online by going to http://www.lupusinternational.com. All proceeds benefit Lupus International and go directly to helping those afflicted with this life threatening disease.

If you can't run or walk, then donate. 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.

Lupus International founded in 1983, is a primary resource for education and support of Lupus sufferers in Southern California. During our 25 years, we have provided thousands of people with educational and supportive services.

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 are very tough to live with. A cure is desperately needed.

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 in the United States. 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.

We hope to see you there to support this worthy cause. Registration can be completed through the mail, over the phone 866-RUN-4-SLE, or online at http://www.lupusinternational.com.

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