STRAIT (FOX 2) – Over 45,000 people in Michigan are diagnosed with lupus, but many people don’t even know what it is.
90% of lupus patients are women and children. Two-thirds of them are African-American. According to the Michigan Lupus Foundation, lupus is the number one cause of stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure in young women.
On top of that, the weather has a big impact on how they feel.
With no known cause or cure on the horizon, one man decided to do something drastic to raise funds and raise awareness for this deadly disease.
Ben Rathbun, executive director of the Michigan Lupus Foundation, cycles over 200 miles through Michigan and asks for your support. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/tour-for-the-cure (profits help lupus patients buy their medicine)
Here is his story.