Lupus is a mysterious and debilitating disease that has no known cause or cure. This multi-system disease can attack any organ in the body leaving damage in its wake. Lupus is difficult to define, hard to understand, and a challenge to treat. This incurable autoimmune disease wreaks havoc on the lives of patients and their families.

The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter is the only regional force dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus. The Lupus Foundation provides education and support services to all people affected by lupus throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Their innovative lupus patient navigation program makes the seemingly impossible possible for those facing barriers associated with this cruel, mysterious disease. The organization provides current information and personalized help to the local lupus community, supports research, and promotes lupus awareness.

The Lupus Foundation’s vision is a world without Lupus.

Lupus is not rare; over 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide suffer from lupus. Research states that 90% of people living with lupus are women and lupus is 3-4 times more prevalent among populations of color, but the reason for this is unknown. Lupus can occur in either gender, any race, at any age, and can attack any organ in the body. Every day, is a day closer to finding answers to the cruel mysteries associated with lupus.

For more information about the Lupus Foundation of American DC/MD/VA Chapter, please visit lupus.org/dmv.