Local organizations partner for the Columbus Lupus Empowerment Symposium

(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Foundation of America's Georgia chapter partnered with a local organization to award leading physicians and professionals of the community.

Columbus Community Leader and the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation came together for an Empowerment Symposium early Saturday morning to give awards to local influencers.

The event was held at the Cunningham Center at Columbus State University and the topic was: Understanding Lupus and Living Well with Lupus and Gentle Yoga.

Lupus is a painful unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease, which can affect any organ.

It was a free event to people living with lupus and their families with lunch provided to all registered attendees.

Those who suffer from the disease got the chance to participate in a yoga class.

"It has been my mission to learn as much about lupus as possible. I want to be one of the many voices that help advocate and raise funds for research and education. I wear my purple bracelet each and every day. When a stranger asks me about lupus or the purple bracelet, I am overwhelmed with joy because this gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and to spread awareness in our community," said Detra Holloway, who is a Lupus Support Group Leader and Columbus Walk Chair. 

This year, the chapter hopes to raise $35,000 through this event.

The organization will also be hosting another event in the future called the "Columbus Walk to End Lupus," which will be held on May 19 at Kinnett Stadium. 
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