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Lupus awareness charity events kick off in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Dozens of people turned out on May 3 to support lupus awareness.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects different organs in your body, including the joints and skin.

WTVM and Fox 54 sponsored the Lupus Live charity event, along with media partners from Davis Broadcasting and Clear Channel Radio.

The fun kicked off at 7 p.m. at the St. James AME Church banquet hall, but host Derrick Green tells us it was about more than just having a good time.

"We wanted to support the many lupus victims in our community and we also wanted to come in and help them raise funds and at least do some more research on this disease," said Derrick "Lil D" Green, VP of Programming at Clear Channel Radio.

The event included a number of local comedians and singers, including a Michael Jackson impersonator. Net proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter.

That morning, hundreds of people met at the Lake Bottom Park to support the local lupus walk. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson dropped by the event to proclaim May as Lupus Awareness Month. Deetra Holloway, the organizer of the lupus walk, says she wanted to help lupus patients understand more about the disease and wanted the community to be more involved.

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