Lupus Foundation of America
The Epsilon Theta Chapter has adopted the Lupus Foundation of America as our Chapter Philanthropy. This was done as a way to honor one of our Chapter's Founding Sisters, who is living life with Lupus.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead.
Lupus most commonly affects your skin, joints, and internal organs. Because lupus affects many parts of the body, it can cause a lot of different symptoms.
The most common lupus symptoms are extreme fatigue, pain or swelling in the joints, swelling in the hands, feet, or around the eyes, headaches, low fevers, sensitivity to sunlight or fluorescent light, and chest pain when breathing deeply.
Many people with lupus also have problems that affect their skin and hair, like a butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and nose, hair loss, sores in the mouth or nose, fingers and toes turning white or blue and feeling numb when a person is cold or stressed (known as Raynaud’s Disease).
How Common is Lupus and Who Does It Affect?
The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Ninety percent (90%) of people living with lupus are women. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44. 1 in 3 lupus patients suffer from multiple autoimmune diseases. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that there are 16,000 new cases of Lupus per year. The fact remains that lupus is a devastating and life-changing disease that currently has no cure.
How the Lupus Foundation of America Helps
The Lupus Foundation of America has been on the forefront of the fight to find a cure for Lupus. They have done this by accelerating scientific breakthroughs, funding groundbreaking research, and advocating for greater research investment.
Sisters of the Epsilon Theta Chapter at our semiannual Slime-A-Tau event, which benefits the Lupus Foundation of America.