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Join me for the 2010 Walk for Lupus Now

Posted by Katina on April 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

The other day my mother asked me: “when was the last time you wrote a blog?” On the one hand I was excited because my mother actually reads my blog. But on the other hand, I was embarrassed to tell her how long it had been. I have a great excuse, several actually, but still need to carve out the time to write about music and activism – a subject very close to my heart.

So what has been taking up all of my time? I am very proud to be a committee member of the DC 2010 Walk for Lupus Now, hosted by the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Washington Chapter.  It’s going to be on April 17, 2010 in Washington D.C. – Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 13th and 12th St. N.W. – Next to Freedom Plaza. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

This year I have dual roles – as co-chair of the 2010 Greeks Walk for Lupus Challenge and as leader of Team Metamorphosis. How did I get involved? The short story is that I have had lupus since I was a teen (see profile in the Bowie Blade) and jumped on the opportunity to help the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington raise money for lupus awareness and for lupus research. The longer, more interesting story involves the lovely ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Having lupus at any age sucks. But having it as a teenager and then in college is really challenging. Over the years, many of my sorors (esp. Monica Payne, Christy Rather, Keasha Cooper, LaShaun Franklin, Alycia Marshall, Tijuana Patty Klaus, Sheryl Jones, Crystal Kelley-Robinson, and Sonia Harris) went above and beyond the call of sisterhood to support me when I was sick or encourage me when I was down (EEE-Yip ladies).

So when about a year ago, the ladies of the Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho (University of Maryland at College Park) had a lupus fundraiser, I was there to support the cause. That night, I said to myself:  “I will volunteer with the Lupus Foundation, I will volunteer, I will volunteer!”  Not too long after, the Greater Washington lupus chapter invited me to an event and much to my surprise, there was soror Kassandra Kearse, my very own little sister, running the dinner. Why? Because she is the development manager for the Lupus Foundation, Greater Washington!

Now anybody who is part of a sorority knows that there is no way to overlook this kind of full-circle coincidence. I hadn’t seen Kassandra in at least ten years. Kassandra hopped on signing me up to volunteer right away, like no time had passed at all. It’s as if she heard the promise I made to volunteer and was just waiting for me to show up to fulfill it. Kassandra suggested that I help with the 1st annual Greeks Walk for Lupus challenge, a mini-event within the DC Walk for Lupus Now in which local sororities and fraternities compete for the title of Greek Organization of the Year based on their fundraising efforts.

Kassandra also encouraged me to start my first walk team: Metamorphosis.

My goal for Team Metamorphosis was to raise $300, but we have far exceeded that amount. As of April 11th, Team Metamorphosis has raised over $1000. Thanks to my team members (Mom and Sorors Monica and Keisha) we are on a roll. Help us go the distance by continuing to donate to the cause.  Donations can be made online on our team page or through the mail. There is no donation too large or too small.

Thanks everyone for all your support. See you at the walk.

Katina

P.S.  After the walk is over, the blogs about music and activism will come back! To learn more about Lupus, click here.

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