KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Organizers gathered together for their first annual Lupus Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Delco Park in Kettering.

The Lupus Awareness Walk sheds light on a complex and ongoing autoimmune disease that affects the human body causing inflammation, pain, tissue damage and more. 

Ida Carson, the Prevention Educator for Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Programs of Dayton (UMADAOP), encourages people to get tested as frequently as possible. 

“When you get tested, make sure that you request that A and A blood work, because that is the blood work that will determine if you have the disease,” Carson says.

In addition to the walk, UMADAOP holds a support groups call via Zoom every other Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

If you would like to learn more, you can contact Ida Carson at (937) 307-8898.