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April 18, 2013

OSU-CHS Zumbathon raises funds for fight against lupus

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Association at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will host a Zumbathon, an event to raise funds for The Alliance for Lupus Research, on Saturday, May 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. at OSU-CHS' Founders Hall.

"Local Zumba instructors will lead sessions for all levels from beginners to experts, which makes this a great opportunity to try Zumba," said Leandra Figuera, an OSU-CHS biomedical graduate student. "I'm proud to have the support of my colleagues to raise funds for lupus research and to raise awareness about this disease through this fun event."

Figuera, who has lupus, has been raising funds for The Alliance for Lupus Research since 2010 when she lived in Baltimore and participated in their annual walkathon.

As many as 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus, a disease in which the body's immune system attacks the very tissues it is supposed to protect, which causes damage to various body systems. While there's no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms. The Alliance for Lupus Research supports medical research to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure lupus.

Registration for the Zumbathon is open to the public and offers a variety of activities for the whole family.

"If you don't care to try Zumba, come participate in the walkathon or the watchathon," said Figuera.

The cost to participate is $10. Raffle tickets are available for $1 each or $5 for six tickets.

For more information, call 918-798-3000 or 443-468-7095. To learn more about The Alliance for Lupus Research, visit lupusresearch.org.

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