NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Next Saturday, thousands of people will put on purple laces and take steps to help find a cure for Lupus.
The chronic auto-immune disease affects about 1.5 million Americans and is most common in women ages 15 to 44. Women of color are reportedly at greater risk for the illness.READ MORE: Omicron Variant: 1st North American Case Detected In Ontario
Andrea O’Neill of the Lupus Research Alliance tells CBS2 the disease is very hard to diagnose, but one tell-tale sign of Lupus is a “butterfly shaped rash across the nose and cheeks.”
“Lupus can be managed. There are treatments however, many of them have serious side effects,” the organization’s executive director explained.READ MORE: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Set To Start Monday In Manhattan
O’Neill says next week’s New York event will raise over $1 million for Lupus research, but it will also be a fun event for children, with tie-dye and face painting stations set up as well.
The Walk to Cure Lupus starts on Oct. 13 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at 9 a.m.MORE NEWS: Cyber Monday Deals For 2021 From Top Retailers
For more information on the walk, click here.