Walk to End Lupus Now fundraiser set for Sept. 9 in St. Louis
Allsup helping to raise support for the Lupus Foundation of America
To raise money to battle lupus and increase awareness about the chronic autoimmune disorder, Allsup, which provides Social Security disability assistance, is again supporting the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) annual Walk to End Lupus Now in St. Louis.
Registration is required for the in-person event, set for Sept. 9 at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park in Maryland Heights, Missouri, outside St. Louis. Participants may form a team, join one, or register as an individual participant. So far, $34,065 has been raised toward a $65,000 goal, with proceeds going to lupus research, support, and education.
As it does with chapters across the country, the LFA will provide event participants with tools needed to raise funds. Those joining the walks are asked to line up pledged support from friends, family members, and others, who in turn are encouraged to recruit other participants.
Lupus tends to affect women more than men
“We recognize the debilitating nature of this disease that tends to strike women more than men and causes significant symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue, physical and mental challenges and even heart, kidney and lung condition,” T.J. Geist, Allsup’s principal advocate, said in a press release.
For more information about the foundation’s Heartland Chapter event in Missouri, set to begin at 9 a.m. CT, send an email to Leah Levin at [email protected] or call 1-800-958-7876.
The event is part of the LFA’s signature Walk to End Lupus Now fundraiser, taking place in person and virtually across the nation. To date, around one million walkers have taken more than three million steps and raised more than $20 million for lupus efforts, according to the organization.
“Walk to End Lupus Now events provide people affected by lupus and their families with the opportunity to come together for one purpose: ending lupus,” states an LFA event webpage. “Join the Lupus Foundation of America and thousands of walkers in nearly 60 cities across the U.S. to raise money for research, increase awareness, and rally support for 1.5 million Americans living with lupus.”
For nearly 40 years, Allsup has worked with lupus patients filing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims, guiding them through the complex application process. For those awaiting SSDI benefit approval, the company offers financial resources through its Disability Financial Solutions program. It takes Social Security eight months, on average, to decide on each claim, according to Allsup.
More information about applying for SSDI is available online for those with lupus. Patients may also call 1-800-678-3276.
In 2018, Allsup and the Invisible Disabilities Association unveiled a video storytelling campaign and contest to raise awareness of “invisible” conditions like lupus.