Lifting Every Voice
Speakers, Singers, Patients and Advocates to Raise Awareness at 4th Los Angeles Autoimmune Walk
17-Oct-2018 3:30 PM EDT
Newswise — CULVER CITY, CA, October 19 – The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) will host its 4th Los Angeles Autoimmune Walk on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Culver City Park (9910 Jefferson Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone battling autoimmune disease or supporting someone in the fight.
Led by Walk Ambassador, Emmy-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress Kellie Martin (Life Goes On, ER, Hallmark Movies, Hailey Dean Mysteries), the Los Angeles Autoimmune Walk draws 200 or more Walkers each year who, like Martin, have lost a loved one to autoimmune disease, who are dealing with autoimmune diseases themselves, or who wish to show support for family members and friends who are coping with autoimmune disease.
The day will include exhibitors, giveaways, a silent auction, a Warriors Walk around Culver City Park and live performances by two noted singers for whom the event is personal – both have an autoimmune disease. Singer-songwriter Lori Jenaire, whose most recent release, “As You Are”, hit #3 on the Billboard hot singles chart, and Grammy and Dove-nominated singer Dayna Caddell will share their stories and lend their voices to help raise awareness and funding for a cure.
“It has been an honor to support AARDA’s continued outreach and to bring greater visibility to the many who suffer with the challenges of an autoimmune disease,” says Jenaire. “We lift our collected voices in solidarity and hope for resounding awareness and contribution.”
“I’m happy to lend my voice and to tell my story,” says Caddell, “so that it may uplift and inspire people to continue to push.”
Featured speakers include AARDA Founder and Executive Director Virginia Ladd, who has fought lupus for decades, and Clara Health Patient Advocate Lilly Stairs, whose autoimmune journey includes Crohn’s disease and psoriatic arthritis.
There are more than 100 different autoimmune diseases without cures affecting one in every five Americans and of those affected 75 percent are women. AARDA works to bring a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women’s health issue.
Major sponsors to date include Eli Lilly and Company, Race For RP, and Clara Health.