Public takes a swing in fight against lupus

Nanaimo brothers help raise awareness of autoimmune disease.

Two years ago Bob Green’s wife, Genie, passed away from complications of lupus.

To cope with their grief, Bob and his brother, Bill, from Nanaimo, decided that they needed to help raise awareness of lupus, an acute chronic autoimmune disease that can target any organ or tissue.

It can lead to organ failure and death. Anyone can be affected by lupus.

Lupus is a difficult disease to diagnose and because it has many symptoms that are similar to other diseases, it is frequently misdiagnosed. There is no known cause or cure.

The result of the brother’s need to raise awareness is the Take a Swing to Knock Out Lupus event at Country Club Centre Friday and Saturday (June 22-23) where the public is invited to take a swing at a car with a sledgehammer for the cost of a donation to the B.C. Lupus Society.

The second annual event takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Country Club parking lot.

Save-On-Foods is supporting the event with a barbecue.

The BC Lupus Society has been supporting people affected by lupus in British Columbia for 35 years.

It’s mission is to support advances in research and treatments, create public awareness and provide education and support to people affected by lupus.

For more information, please go to www.bclupus.org or call 1-866-585-8787.