Keep Calm and Fight Lupus

Posted at: 10/03/2013 9:20 AM | Updated at: 10/03/2013 11:59 AM
By: Brittany Falkers

The diagnosis of lupus means a lifelong battle for those with the chronic autoimmune disease.  Lupus can happen to anyone at any age, but two events in Duluth this weekend aim to raise awareness and money for research to combat the disease.

This Train is Bound For Glory - Friday, October 4

Friday, you'll be saying, "All aboard" at the second annual This Train is Bound For Glory fundraiser train ride.  It's a wonderful evening train ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.  Hop on for a great view of fall colors on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

This Train is Bound for Glory 2 will be held the night before the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run – Duluth.  The ride is a great way to get in the fundraising spirit. 

The train will leave at 6:30 p.m. from The Depot in downtown Duluth. On-board the train, pizza will be provided by Green Mill Restaurant and there will be a cash bar. The train is scheduled to return to The Depot around 8 p.m.

Coach seats $20; first-class $30. For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.  If you can't make the train ride by 6:30 Friday night, stop by for a fun night of dancing around 8 p.m. at the North Shore Scenic Railroad at the Depot. Local 80's band MYNX will perform. It's just $5 at the door for the portion of the evening.

This event is hosted by Lupus Ambassador Kim Schandel and proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. 

Schandel has lupus and lives with the effects of the disease every day.  She hopes events like this help to draw attention to lupus, because it often goes unnoticed. 

"Lupus is one of those diseases where some people have heard about it, but they don't know much about it," Schandel said. "They might think sun or think might think rash, but they don't understand that it's a very life-threatening condition."

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system turns against parts of the body it’s designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and can affect many different body systems, including joints, blood cells and organs, according to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.

While there is no cure for lupus Schandel says she and many others continue to fight through it.  She hopes by raising awareness and money for research, future generations facing lupus won't go through the same battles she has.

"I like to celebrate on research, because it brings hope and I think anybody dealing with a life threatening chronic disease needs that piece of it, Schandel said.  "I want it to be a celebration, I want it to raise money for the future.  I want to know that my daughter, who is facing this as well, can go into her adult years and not suffer as much as I did and maybe have a better outcome."

Lupus Walk for Hope and 5k Run - Saturday, October 5

After an evening train ride filled with the sights and sounds of the North Shore get your walking shoes ready for the third annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run in Duluth.

On Saturday, October 5, join the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota and walk to help raise money for research, support, training and education.  It's happening at Duluth's Lakewalk in Canal Park.  The walk will start at Grandma's Sports Garden.

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota  has funded lupus research for over 35 years. This event, and other fundraisers, helps to provide grants to prominent researchers in the field of lupus research. A portion of event proceeds will also support efforts to increase public awareness of the disease throughout Minnesota and beyond.

The 5K Trail run is a 3.1 mile time run.  It's open to walkers or runners and will take you along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior on the paved Lakewalk of Duluth. Although this is a non-competitive 5K (and not a certified distance) times will be available to you onsite and posted on the Web following the event.

Registered participants receive a premier race shirt, race bib and timed results.

The Lupus Walk for Hope is free and designed for people of all ages and abilities, the walk is approximately one mile. A shorter route of paved paths will guide in a loop route along one of the U.S.’s Great Lakes. The walk is not timed. All participants will receive a 2013 Walk for Hope t-shirt.

If you can't make these great events you can still help out those facing lupus.  You can purchase a lupus "Fighting Lupus Together" T-shirt 50 percent of the proceeds will help fight lupus.  For your own CLICK HERE.

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