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Young Gortin pupils praised for helping Lupus sufferers

Young Gortin pupils praised for helping local Lupus sufferers.

A FUN run and walk saw a wealth of people flock to Gortin PS to help raise funds and awareness for a Lupus charity.

The successful event helped to raise a grand total of £600 for NI Lupus Group – a charity which provides support to lupus patients and their friends and family in Northern Ireland.

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The charity aim to provide a comfortable environment for patients to discuss health and well-being, while raising funds for research.

Additionally the NI Lupus Group helps people to connect with others who can understand what they are experiencing.

Irene Spratt from sister charity, the Louise McKelvey Foundation – which was set up in Newtownstewart to raise funds and awareness for Lupus sufferers – said that she was delighted that the Gortin event attracted the support of the wider community.

“One question everyone kept asking us is ‘what is lupus?’ so the fact that Gortin PS have helped raise awareness and funds for the disease is incredible,” she said.

“In fact, one lady from Sion Mills called Marie McSorley was delighted to hear that someone was doing something to heighten awareness of Lupus in Gortin.

“Marie was diagnosed over 20 years ago with Lupus, and she was over the moon as this was the first time a community in her local area had got together to do something for Lupus.”

What is lupus?

Lupus is a disease where the immune system becomes overactive and starts making antibodies against its own cells and therefore called an auto-immune disease.

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When the disease is active, immune responses can cause inflammation in cells which can affect one of the many tissues of the body: skin; joints; muscles; blood vessels; blood cells; brain and nerves, and other organs such as lungs; heart; and kidneys.

Lupus affects women nine times as often as men, usually occurring in women in their childbearing years.

And while the causes of Lupus are not fully understood, they are likely to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

It is not infectious and cannot be caught from another person.

On behalf of the NI Lupus Group, Irene has thanked Gortin PS and Marie and her family for their support and kind donations.

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