May is Lupus Awareness Month, and throughout the month, numerous events are usually held to raise awareness about this disease, with which more than 1.5 million Americans are said to have been diagnosed and Black women develop almost 3 times more than Whites.

The last weekend of this month offers a significant event: The Virtual Butterfly Walk.

This event originated as a celebration of life for Tiara Rollins, a resident of Greensboro, Ala. She was diagnosed with lupus at the age of eight and fought for 16 years before she passed away on December 19, 2019.

 

Tiara was a senior at the University of Alabama and would have graduated this month. The College will award the posthumous degree to her mother Dr. LaTanya Williams-Collins in August.

Tiara was in the process of planning this year's walk before she passed. It was her desire to raise awareness and to raise money to help other people in the area who suffer from the disease. She also wanted to make a donation to the Lupus Foundation of America to help fund their efforts to find a cure.

As with everything else, COVID-19 has altered the way this year's walk is being held. Participants are encouraged to walk at their own local parks, neighborhoods, or any other place where social distancing may be practiced. You may go live or record your walk and post it on social media using the hashtag #Virtualbutterflywalk2020.

Lupus is described as an overactive immune system. Ironic, right? Most people strive to have a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, for some, the immune system can become too active and began to fight against various systems of the body.

Let's do our parts to help fund a cure!

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