General Walk Questions
- What is Lupus?
Lupus is an under-recognized, life threatening autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes overactive, attacking healthy tissues and vital organs such as kidneys, heart and lungs. Over 1:1000 Canadian men, women and children are affected by lupus.
Symptoms vary from each person and can include extreme fatigue, painful joints, swollen feet and legs, and chest pains. There is no cure for lupus. Lupus can be controlled, but people die every year from complications of the disease. Lupus also impacts nine times more women than men, often in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 15 and 45 years.
It is important to know that while Lupus can be a serious condition, in most cases it can be treated and controlled. Lupus often goes in cycles, with periods of time in which symptoms may disappear completely. Diagnosis and treatment are improving, allowing people with lupus to live increasingly active and productive lives.
- What is Walk for Lupus Ontario?
Walk for Lupus is Lupus Ontario’s largest provincial fundraising and awareness event. It began over 16 years ago with a single walk (previously Walk a Block) and has grown into an event involving thousands of participants throughout Ontario.
- Who is Lupus Ontario?
Lupus Ontario is a team of caring and enthusiastic volunteers and staff who are passionately committed to helping those with lupus live longer and better by raising funds that deliver vital support, education, awareness and research. For more information about Lupus Ontario please visit www.lupusontario.org
- When does Walk for Lupus Ontario take place?
Walk for Lupus takes place during the month of May to September. Should you want to organize a walk please contact Lupus Ontario at 905-415-1099 or toll free 1-877-204-1099.
- How do I register for a walk location?
To participate in a Walk click on the walk location of your choice and then select if you want to be a Team Captain, a participant on a team or fundraise as an individual.
- How do I support a participant or a team?
Click on “Participant” or “Team” and then search for the participant’s name or team name in which you wish to support.
- Is there a minimum I must raise to participate in the Walk?
There is no minimum amount you need to raise to participate in Walk for Lupus Ontario. However, we do encourage a goal of $100 or more.
- How do I organize a walk?
Contact Lupus Ontario and speak to the Fundraising & Events Coordinator and she will assist with your new walk location set up.
- Is there a registration fee?
Yes, There is a registration fee of $10 to help cover costs for the walk. There is no registration fee for children 12 years of age or under.
- Is there a rain date for the walk?
Walk for Lupus takes place rain or shine.
- What is a personal fundraising page?
It is your public fundraising page on the Walk for Lupus website and your best tool to help you promote your participation and fundraise on behalf of the Walk for Lupus campaign.
- I am having issues with the Walk for Lupus Ontario website
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-240-1099
- Why should I encourage donors to donate online?
When donors make their donations online, they receive an instant tax receipt and thank you email. The donation amount shows immediately on your fundraising page and you do not have to worry about handling cash, cheques or credit card information. On-line donations save processing time in the office. This allows Lupus Ontario to spend more time and money on our programs
- I made a donation online but have not received a tax receipt, what do I do?
Contact Lupus Ontario at 1-877-240-1099, 905-415-1099 or email the Events
Coordinator at email@example.com