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Friday, 19 November 2010
On November 7, 2010, I ran the Marshall University half marathon in honor of my sister, Ramona G. Runyon, and to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).  I logged 420 training miles between July and November preparing for this one race and had to press through painful injury, but that is nothing compared to what my sister and others with lupus go through every day.  I want to thank those who have already donated to this vital cause. 

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.  The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus.  

As of today, we have been able to raise $790 in donations to LFA in honor of Ramona.  We need continual research that will produce medical breakthroughs leading to lupus specific medications, treatments and eventually a cure.  I can’t thank those enough who are partnering with us in this endeavor.

Please know that this is just the beginning.    You can find more information on our website at http://LovingGodFellowship.org/lupus .  We will keep that page updated with our efforts.  I hope and pray that more will join us on this journey of love, hope and healing.

Thanks again to all those who have already donated to this vital cause.   As we all utilize our time, talent and treasure in making a difference in our day, many will be helped and we will fulfill our purpose on earth in loving God and people. 

Know that you are loved,
Posted by: Rev. Greg Johnson AT 09:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
On November 16, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Arthritis Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly (13 to 2) to recommend BENLYSTA® for approval as a treatment for the autoimmune disease lupus. If FDA approved, BENLYSTA would become the first new treatment for lupus in 52 years. While today's vote is a positive step, the FDA still must make a final decision to approve BENLYSTA in the coming weeks.

You can view the video at http://youtu.be/gz6u4ethB6o

This is great news to those who suffer with lupus and their families.  It's not a cure, but it's a start after 52 years.

Let's pray for a cure.

Know that you are loved,
Posted by: Rev. Greg Johnson AT 03:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
On November 16, 2010, an FDA Advisory Panel will review scientific data on two late-stage clinical studies of an investigational medicine for the treatment of lupus, known as BENLYSTA™. This is a historic day for lupus as BENLYSTA could be the first new treatment approved for lupus by the FDA in 52 years, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States. In addition, BENLYSTA would be the first treatment ever developed specifically for lupus to be approved by the FDA for lupus. ~ Lupus Foundation of America

Watch the video.

I am running in honor of my sister, Ramona Runyon, to fight lupus and help raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America.  Will you join us in the fight?

Know that you are loved,
Posted by: Rev. Greg Johnson AT 10:24 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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