Nick has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the End Lupus Now Walk in the nation’s capital. As part of his duties Nick will be cutting the opening ceremony ribbon and leading the more than 4, 000 registered walkers down Pennsylvania avenue towards the Capital.
Nick has been tireless in his fight to raise awareness about the disease of lupus since being hospitalized and diagnosed with lupus nephritis in 2012.
“Join me in our nation’s capital for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now event on April 19th. Together, we can rally public support for this disease and call attention to the importance of lupus research and participation in clinical trials,” says Nick in a statement. Nick’s participation in the DC Walk to End Lupus Now event is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Individuals who raise over $1000 and team capitains raising more than $2,500 are automatically eligible to have a meet and greet with Nick at the Walk. Addiotnally, ALL individuals raising more than $100 will be entered into a drawing for a VIP opportunity to meet Nick as well.
Nick will be joined by Walk Ambassador and New England Patriots defensive back Tavon Wilson. Eileen Whelan, meteorologist for ABC7, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Lupus has impacted Wilson, a Washington, D.C. native, closely—both his aunt Regina and cousin Dionne are battling the disease.
“When the opportunity came up to help create more awareness for this devastating disease, especially in my hometown, I jumped on it. I wanted to be a positive voice in the community because those with lupus deserve a cure for it,” said Wilson.
Organized by the Lupus Foundation of America, Walk to End Lupus Now events are held in more than 60 cities across the country, making it the largest lupus walk program in the entire world The walk events bring together community members—people with lupus, friends, families, health care providers and celebrities—to raise money for lupus research and education programs, increase awareness of the disease and rally public support for those who feel the brutal impact of lupus.
“The Lupus Foundation of America diligently works to ensure that federal and state funds are provided for lupus research and education programs. We must continue to make our voices heard and educate our elected officials about the impact of lupus on individuals and their families. The Walk to End Lupus Now in our nation’s capital serves as the perfect platform to accomplish this,” explained Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America. “More resources for research will further our efforts to find a cure for this unpredictable and devastating disease. We urge the community and Congress to join us in our fight to end lupus.”
“Every dollar raised from Washington, D.C.’s Walk to End Lupus Now event, supports the Lupus Foundation of America’s efforts to solve the mystery of lupus, while we continue to provide services to the thousands of residents that turn to us every year for answers and support,” said Jessica Gilbart President and CEO, Lupus Foundation of America, DMV Chapter
Registration for the walk is open online at DCLupusWalk.org. Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on the walk website to raise money, recruit new team members and get valuable fundraising tips.
Source: PR Newswire/ Lupus.org