Recently, Hobart College’s Delta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Society held a formal as a fundraiser for the New Jersey chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. “Life without Lupus” raised nearly $500 for the foundation to aid in research, education and advocacy in an effort to put an end to Lupus.
The disease, which is a chronic autoimmune disease, plagues nearly 1.5 million Americans. In a recent Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) survey of 1,000 adults, 22 percent had never even heard of the disease, and in another, only 4 in 10 young adults ages 18 to 24 were aware of the disease. The latter age group includes women of child-bearing age whom are often stricken by the disease.
Jennifer Evans ‘10, who helped coordinate the event, is a strong advocate of Lupus awareness. Her sister, Meghan, was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 13.
“Seeing the effects of this disease firsthand makes me want to spread awareness about Lupus not only in hopes of finding a cure, but also to raise public awareness. So many people don’t realize how prevalent this disease is in our society,” she says.
Sigma Phi President Stanley Camilien ’09 describes the Society’s commitment to community involvement by saying, “The Sigma Phi Society has always made a conscious effort to aid both local and national organizations. Our national boards, as well as the Colleges, have provided us with numerous outlets over the years to constantly be civically engaged. Working with the Lupus Foundation of New Jersey was truly an honor.”
“I can’t express my gratitude to Sigma Phi for their generosity. Every little bit helps,” says Evans. She plans to attend nursing school after graduation in hopes of contributing to the Lupus Foundation’s cause.