Thousands of people from D.C. and all over America plan to converge on the National Mall to participate in “Walk to End Lupus Now DC” on Saturday.
Elliot Segal, host of D.C.-area radio show “Elliot in the Morning,” will lead the festivities as grand marshal and Michelle Marsh, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) anchor, will serve as emcee.
“The Walk to End Lupus Now DC event not only raises critical funds for the fight against lupus, but it’s also a great way to meet and share experiences with other people impacted by this devastating disease,” said Barbara Polk, national board member for the Lupus Foundation of America and a member of the event’s planning committee. “This year I’m excited to also be surrounded by several close family members as they support my own fight against lupus and the important work that the Lupus Foundation of America does every day.”
Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now — the world’s largest lupus walk program — brings communities together to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness and rally public support for those who suffer from the brutal and potentially life-threatening disease.
The theme for this year’s walks is “Be Powerful,” in recognition of the strength of those affected by lupus.
The family-friendly D.C. walk will include entertainment, appearances from the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents and special guest singer Trevor Holmes, a recent “American Idol” contestant.
“I’ve been living with lupus for 24 years and know firsthand how this disease can affect each person differently,” Segal said. “I understand the impact it can have on your daily life, and your family. And despite how widespread lupus is, awareness of the disease and its impact is so low. That’s why events like the Walk to End Lupus Now here in Washington, D.C., and others across the country are so critical, not only in raising awareness, but helping us get closer to ending this devastating disease.”
To register for the walk or donate, go to walktoendlupus.org/dc.