The Lupus Awareness Walk 2024

Toledo Ladies of Distinction

By Tricia Hall
The Truth Reporter

The fourth annual Living with Lupus Walk was held on Sunday, May 18, 2024 at Ottawa Park. The walk focuses on raising awareness about lupus while creating a sense of community for those living with lupus. The walk was held on a bright sunny morning as community organizations, people of faith and supporters gathered to support a worthy cause.

“We want to give people with lupus an outlet where they can reach other people,” began awareness campaign organizer Rachelle Roy. “New people join us at the walk or bowling each year. 160 wigs were collected and Councilwoman McPherson presented us with a proclamation.”

According to the event organizer and the Lupus Foundation of America, May is Lupus Awareness Month. Also, according to the foundation, lupus is a chronic, long-term disease that causes inflammation and pain in many parts of the body. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attach healthy tissue instead of fighting infections.

“The Top Ladies of Distinction Toledo Chapter are here to support this cause,” said Lady Dianne Johnson. “This is one of our thrusts as an organization, to support this community partnership.”

“Father bless you on this day,” said Pastor Jon Talbert of Church Without Walls Ministries. The church closed its doors on Sunday to support the walk. “Thank you for every individual. Thank you for the passion of our sister. Thank you for the medical break-throughs. Thank you, Lord.”

In order to raise awareness, in addition to the walk, donated wigs were available for women who are losing or have lost their hair to lupus. There was also lupus information and resources available. The walk served as the conclusion of a three-day awareness campaign that began with bowling at the All Strikes Bowling Lanes on Friday night.

“I want to thank DJ Cheryl, Church without Walls Ministries, Top Ladies of Distinction Toledo Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Councilwoman McPherson, Felissa Parker and All Strikes Bowling Lane. Even if we don’t draw large crowds, I am here to impact one person at a time. We started this 13 years ago on my birthday and look where we are today. I appreciate everyone who came out today,” said Roy.

For additional information about Lupus, visit the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Ohio chapter website or the Lupus Foundation of America national website or