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Livin La Vida Lupus

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BENEFITING: LUPUS FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

ORGANIZER: Julie

EVENT: Drumbeat for a Lupus Cure 5K Run & Walk 2017

EVENT DATE: Jun 11, 2017

Nicholas Gonzalez

THE STORY:

Below is the story my Mom wrote about my little brother Chris and how we came to the diagnosis.  Any little bit helps with finding a cure for this.  


"I believe Chris had been suffering for some time, maybe a year, but he wasn't quite sure what was going on with his body. He was tired and at times felt very ill.  It all started to really rear its ugly head in July of 2016, he ended up with a very red and swollen arm and was originally diagnosed with tendonitis. His arm ended up bursting open a week later and he was hospitalized.  They flushed him with antibiotics and sent him home the next day, but he never fully recovered.  Chris wasn't too trusting of doctors at this time because he felt they didn't listen, but I will say, HIS doctor didn't listen. He continued on not feeling well and not being able to do much and then I noticed his feet swelling in September, but he brushed it off, so I let it go. He would get home from work most days and go straight to his room and sleep, but was always tired and was looking really bad. I actually thought he was suffering from deep depression and I felt helpless, I wanted my happy go lucky son back and I didn't know what to do.  In late October, he was really bad, barely able to go to work and one day he called me and said mom I can't stand up.  He was trying his hardest to get ready for work and he just couldn't dress himself. We rushed him to the hospital and were told he was in bad shape, his blood was starting to dry out and his kidneys weren't functioning at all and he was losing all his protein and he was extremely swollen.  The sacs around his heart and lungs were filled with fluid and making his resting heart rate and average of 170 bpm.  He had ulcers all over his fingers, which we later found out were from blood clots that go to the fingers and toes.  They started running all sorts of tests and trying to get him comfortable. We had so many doctors, so many different specialists working on his case at times my head was spinning with information.  Finally four days later we were given the diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis with FSGS. We were told his case is very rare, so rare that only 1% of the population has this type of lupus.  We also found out at his first visit after leaving the hospital, a medical report is being written on his case, that will be published at some point. Yeah for my son being a percenter.  I now know what the signs of lupus are and what to look for. Chris is slowly recovering and has come a long way from that ugly day in October.  Our team wants to raise awareness and find a cure, not just a bandaid for lupus."   



We invite you to join Northern California's largest lupus awareness event, the Drumbeat for a Lupus Cure 5K Run & Walk. Now in our 23rd year, 2017's Drumbeat 5K is expected to make its mark with 1,000 expected runners and walkers, friends, family members, community members and exhibitors. Oh, and the Drumbeat 5K isn't just pet friendly, you can enter your four-legged bestie in our Mascot Contest!


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To This Fundraiser

$1,580

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nicholas Gonzalez

    $100

  • Rebecca Avila

    $25

  • Meghan

    $50

  • Georgie G

    $50

  • Mari & Ramiro

    $25

  • TeamDrake

    $20

  • Sharon Cesca

    $50

  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez

    $100

  • Cherrylyn Gonzalez

    $150

  • Alice Gonzalez

    $100

  • Paul Yeh

    $50

  • Patrick Brumm

    $25

  • Kevin & Monique

    $50

  • Pedro and Jenn

    $40

  • Brian and Alexia

    $100

  • Cecilia Carlet

    $25

  • Martin Gonzalez

    $150

  • Elva

    $20

  • Hidalgo Family

    $100

  • Sue B

    $200

  • Gali & Marley Ferreira

     

  • Betty Almeida

    $100

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79% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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The Team: $4,175 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Julie Dias

Amount Raised

$2,075

 

52% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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Nicholas Gonzalez

Amount Raised

$1,580

 

79% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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Justin Dias

Amount Raised

$350

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Betty Almeida

Amount Raised

$100

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Linda Pascoal

Amount Raised

$70

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Carmen Crum

Amount Raised

$0

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Moira Rueda

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Betty Almeida

Betty Almeida

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Gali & Marley Ferreira

Gali & Marley Ferreira

Keep fighting Chris and family. We love you! 3 years ago

Sue B

Sue B

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Hidalgo Family

Hidalgo Family

DONATION: $100

Let's find a damn cure! 3 years ago

Elva

Elva

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Martin Gonzalez

Martin Gonzalez

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Cecilia Carlet

Cecilia Carlet

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Brian and Alexia

Brian and Alexia

DONATION: $100

Happy to see his conditions improve! We wish for the best! 3 years ago

Pedro and Jenn

Pedro and Jenn

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Kevin & Monique

Kevin & Monique

DONATION: $50

Glad you're better Chris! Hope you out raise your mom Nick! 3 years ago