December's Charge for a Cure: Lupus

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Charge for a Cure Initiative

PHILADELPHIA - You can help the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in the fight against Lupus. December is the first month in the program's five-month long Charge for a Cure initiative. December is dedicated to the Lupus disease and all donations throughout the month will go towards the The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).

The Penn women's basketball team began the Charge for a Cure to help raise awareness as well as funds. For complete information on Charge for the Cure and to participate in the initiative, click here.

About Lupus
Lupus, or SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called ‘flares’) alternating with remissions.

The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially in women in child-bearing years ages 15 to 35, and is more common in those also of non-European descent. In the United States the prevalence of SLE is estimated to be about 53 per 100,000, translating to about 159,000 out of 300million people in the U.S. being affected. Although SLE can be fatal, with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. Survival for people with SLE in the United States, Canada, and Europe is approximately 95% at five years, 90% at 10 years, and 78% at 20 years.

The LFA was established in 1977 with the combination of several local lupus organizations. Since then, the LFA has evolved into the largest non-profit lupus organization with nearly 300 chapters and support groups nationwide. The LFA supports lupus research, education, advocacy and support services on the federal, state and local levels.

For more information on Lupus and the Lupus Foundation of America visit

Please join the women's basketball team as it looks to make a difference in the lives of the people that this disease affects every day. To join the team in Charge for a Cure, or for more information, contact assistant coach Kara Cassidy at