Walk alongside Miss Arizona USA 2013, Rachel Massie, to support Sjögren’s disease at the 8th Annual Phoenix Sjögren’s Walkabout & Autoimmune Disease Health Fair.
Sjögren’s (prounounced “SHOW-grins”) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which white blood cells attack and damage the moisture producing glands in a person’s body. Along with symptoms of dryness, it can affect any body organ or system.
Sjögren’s Syndrome Facts:
- Sjögren’s affects up to 4 million Americans.
- 90% Sjögren’s patients are women.
- It can spread throughout the entire body causing joint pain, major organ failure, and lymphomas.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important for preventing complications, however most diagnoses take an average of 5 years or more from the onset of symptoms.
All funds from the walk will benefit programs of research and education of the disease. Since 2006, the Sjögren Syndrom Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to researchers to help find a cure.
Participants who raise more than $75 will get a Sjögren’s Walkabout t-shirt and incentive prizes.
If you would like to walk, please contact the Sjögren Syndrom Foundation office at (800) 475-6473, ext. 217.
What: 8th Annual Phoenix Sjögren’s Walkabout & Autoimmune Disease Health Fair
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Paradise Valley Mall
4586 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix 85032
For more information, and to fundraise online, click here.