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Lupus is one of the cruelest, most mysterious diseases on earth an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. Research shows lupus, which affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans, is more common and more severe than people think, and has an impact that the public does not realize.

May is Lupus Awareness Month. In its observance, the public is invited to a free dinner and public information meeting to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday May 21. The location is New Life Christian Ministries, 676 S. Elizabeth St. in Lima. Funding for the dinner is provided by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Registration is required by May 16 at 567-712-2298 or connecthands@hotmail.com.

What should you expect?

Besides the dinner, Dr. Kemi Azeez of Internal Medicine Specialties will speak on ways to manage chronic disease. We will also hear stirring and hope-f! illed testimonies from those affected by lupus. Ms. Suzanne Tierney of the Lupus Foundation of America will speak on the Foundation and its plans for services in this area.

Since purple is the adopted color for lupus support, wed like to encourage those who attend to wear something purple to the event. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Mike Vollmar, project coordinator of Connected Hands-Helping Others, Lima

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