Show your support for a great cause in Anaconda this week! Under the direction of Stephanie Lynn Carroll, a pint night fundraiser will be held at Smelter City Brewing in Anaconda to recognize and assist the Lupus Foundation of America. The event happens 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday, March 23rd, with great prize giveaways, plus raffles and 50/50 drawings. According to the Lupus Foundation of America's website, the organization has helped fund many studies contributed to lupus research over the past 40 years. (continued...)

It is estimated that nearly 1.5 million Americans have lupus, with about 16,000 cases reported each year. Worldwide, nearly 5 million people suffer from some form of the disease. Lupus is considered a long-term ailment that can cause pain and inflammation in different parts of the body. Inflammation happens when your immune system is fighting an injury or some type of infection. Because it is an autoimmune disease it can attack healthy tissue of the body's system at any time. Internal organs such as the heart and kidneys are affected by Lupus, as well as skin and joints. Types of Lupus include:

  • Neonatal Lupus - a condition that affects infants of women who have lupus
  • Systematic Lupus Erythematosus -  the most common form of lupus
  • Cutaneous Lupus - Affect the skin
  • Drug Induced Lupus - Disease accrued through certain prescription drugs

Other symptoms of Lupus include fatigue, low grade fevers, sensitivity to light, chest pain, swelling around the eyes, hands and feet, headaches, butterfly-shaped rash on nose and cheeks, mouth and nose sores, loss of hair, toes and fingers feeling numb and turning blue or white when feeling stressed or in a cold environment (Raynaud's Disease).

To learn more visit the Lupus Foundation of America right here -> LUPUS, plus make sure to show your support at LFA's Pint Night Fundraiser this Thursday at  Smelter City Brewing in Anaconda (101 Main Street)

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