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Race for a Cure with the Butterfly Walkers at the 2017 AIM Ghana

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Accra, Ghana

July 2017

Join KUSI Consulting and the Butterfly Walkers, Inc. Alliance of Hope for Lupus (AHL) on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 as we race to bring awareness to ‘the silent killer’.

What is Lupus ‘The Silent Killer’?

Lupus, also known as ‘the silent killer’, is a debilitating chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects women of African descent in the prime of their lives. In lupus, a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells and tissues. Lupus ranks with other diseases such as multiple sclerosis and sickle cell anaemia as a serious world health problem amongst other chronic illnesses. It can cause life-threatening damage to major organs. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus; in fact, there has only been one new treatment approved in over 50 years.

About Alliance of Hope for Lupus (AHL)

Alliance of Hope for Lupus (AHL) is a 501c3 established U.S. non-profit organisation founded in 2012. The mission of AHL is to educate, support, and supply resources to identify medical treatment options for lupus patients. The AHL is on a mission to educate Ghanaians to live a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. The goal of AHL is to help find alternative treatments to improve the quality of life for lupus patients and their families both in the U.S. and Ghana.

Here is Judith’s Story

Statistics & Facts About Lupus

  • Approximately 5 million people worldwide suffer from lupus as of 2013.
  • Estimates say 500,000 people die of the illness each year.
  • 90% of those with lupus are women.
  • Lupus is three times more common among women of African descent versus any other ethnicity.
  • The average life expectancy is 26 years.
  • 80% of those with lupus develop it between the ages of 15 – 45.
  • About 5% of children born to individuals with lupus will develop the illness.
  • 20% of people with lupus have a direct relative (parent or sibling) who already has or will develop the illness.

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Why the Accra International Marathon (AIM) Ghana?

We believe AIM is the platform to work collectively to achieve our mission of creating awareness about lupus. The organisation, for the past 10 years, has been dedicated to seeing a better Ghana where people are living long and healthy lives past the current life expectancy of 65 years.

Why You Should Join Our Team

As a charity associate at the 2017 AIM Ghana event, AHL and its registered members and sponsor organisations will have the opportunity to participate in the half marathon where each member does 5K in a four-member relay race under the name ‘Butterfly Walkers’. Our colour scheme is purple, which is the symbolic colour for lupus.

Register as a Participant

Registered participants pay a $50 (equivalent to GHS220) registration fee to join. The registration fee will be waived for members who raise more than $50 on behalf of lupus for AHL. Registered members will receive a customised bib, training assistance, props for the race, swag bag, race medal and become a goodwill ambassador of the Butterfly Walkers. Our fitness sponsor Branch Fitness Ghana is offering a 50% discount to marathon participants running with us on behalf of lupus victims. The offer is good for two months leading up to the marathon. Additional discounts will be applied if you continue your membership after the marathon.

SIGN UP HERE

Register as a Sponsor

GHS 1500 (Gold)

  • Register four staff members with the rest of the proceeds going toward the fight against lupus.
  • Logo in all publications and advertising materials.
  • Mentions during media appearances.
  • Logo on pull-up banner at the AHL designated location on race day.
  • Props, t-shirts, swag bags, race medal for race participants on race day.

GHS 1000 (Silver)

  • Register two staff members with the rest of the proceeds going toward the fight against lupus.
  • Mentions during media appearances.
  • Logo on pull-up banner at the AHL designated location on race day.
  • Props, t-shirts, swag bag, race medal for race participants on race day.

GHS 500 (Bronze)

  • Register one staff member.
  • Prop, t-shirt, swag bag, race medal for race participant on race day.

DONATE HERE or make a Mobile Money donation to +233554081727.

On October 10, 2017, founder of AHL Judith Mills will be in Ghana to launch a project for lupus sufferers. This year AHL is committed to expanding their mission in Ghana for an interactive community service project called “Saving Butterflies: United We Fight Against Lupus,” which will feature marathons, support groups, health fairs, informative presentations, and care services. The annual one-month project is scheduled to begin on October 10, 2017, and end on November 10, 2017.

Message from Judith Mills, Founder of Alliance of Hope for Lupus (AHL) and Butterfly Walkers, Inc.

“I am confident that this partnership opportunity will create a positive impact in Ghana and aid us in our mission of promoting a “global good”. I hope you will see both the growth potential and positive life changing nature of our service project in Ghana and will consider partnering with us. I have personal experience, extensive geographic knowledge, and a strong background in biological sciences that will guarantee a successful program and community service outreach for lupus in Ghana. I am confident that your partnership will help us continue the mission of spreading awareness in both Africa and America.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 862-253-3085 or via email at judithnmills@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your careful consideration to help support victims of this devastating disease. Together…we can turn tears into joy and successfully establish a lupus awareness program in Ghana.

For more information please contact:

KUSI Consulting

+233554081727

info@kusiconsulting.com

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