COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Walk to End Lupus Now was held at Hardaway High School Saturday.
The purpose of the event was to shoot for a goal of over $20,000 for Lupus research, awareness and education programs across Georgia.
Of every dollar raised, 90 cents stays in Georgia to support lupus awareness, research, and free education programs, including symposiums and support groups in Columbus.
The Columbus Walk was inspired by Detra Holloway, Walk Chair and Columbus Support Group Leader.
"The Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America is a great resource for lupus patients and their families, providing education programs, financial assistance, and support to the over 55,000 Georgians living with lupus."
The autoimmune disease affects over 1.5 million Americans overall and it's more common than diseases like Multiple Sclerosis.
"If you ask around you may not know that someone you know is living with lupus, they suffer from fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and so raising awareness is really valuable," says Kate Resta, Development Manager Lupus Foundation Of America (Georga Chapter).
"I've been doing this for seven years," says Holloway. "I'm glad to be here and be able to provide support and help give education to other people."