Walking with the Jets to Find a Cure

by Katerin on February 26, 2016

The Alliance for Lupus Research's Walk to Find a Cure was held on the beautiful morning of May 21st at the New Meadowlands Stadium, aka the homes of NFL's New York Jets (and Giants) sport franchises.

The owner of the New York Jets NFL team, Woody Johnson, was on hand to kick off the race. For Johnson, the cause is a personal one. He founded the Alliance for Lupus Research in 1999 after his daughter, Jaime, was diagnosed with Lupus.

Lupus is a chronic disease with no cure. It is an autoimmune disease in which the body's defense system attacks itself, damaging the heart, lungs, skin and joints. The disease tends to occur in "flare-ups" in which symptoms occur, and then periods in which no symptoms are experienced. According to the Mayo Clinic website, lupus symptoms include fatigue, fever, difficulty breathing, painful joints and anxiety among others. Lupus occurs more commonly in women, particularly in African-American women.

Joining Woody Johnson from the Jets organization, were head coach, Rex Ryan, and general manager, Mike Tannenbaum and several retired players, including Greg Buttle (currently an ESPN radio host covering Jets games) and Bruce Harper.

VIVE Katerin was on hand to volunteer, participate in the walk and snap some photos at the event.

While researchers aren't close to a cure for Lupus yet, new prescriptions medications, including recently approved Benlysta, help provide new advances for patients to better manage and control the disease.

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