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Why are we fundraising?

Our daughter was diagnosed with lupus in 1996, and we have personally experienced the challenges of this complicated disease.

How does your donation help improve the lives of people living with lupus?

100% of the funds we raise are being directed towards the Lupus Ontario Geoff Carr Fellowship. This $65,000 Fellowship is offered annually to a qualified doctor, to work under supervision at an accredited Lupus Clinic in Ontario. The Fellowship also provides the recipient opportunities to conduct research in either adult or paediatric lupus, to gain additional in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment options for the disease, and to provide patient care and education.

Dr. Laura Whittall Garcia the 2019/2020 Geoff Carr Fellow.  The following are her words regarding the value and impact of the Fellowship:

During the last 6 months I've had the opportunity to be part of the TWH(Toronto Western Hospital) Lupus Clinic, where I have worked with and leaned from extraordinary mentors, such as Dr. Murray Urowitz, Dr. Dafna Gladman and Dr. Zahi Touma. They have helped me to improve my clinical skills and have supported me in the acquisition of research knowledge and experience. Clinical research is fundamental in medicine, because it plays a primary role in improving the quality of life in patients  with Lupus. My ultimate goal is to develop an academic research program back home, to help the most vulnerable patients and significantly improve the overall quality of care we can provide. I am sure that from this once in a lifetime opportunity, I will gather the bases and fundamentals of high0quality patient-centered care and clinical research. I am extremely thankful for the Geoff Carr Lupus fellowship and Lupus Ontario, because without their support, it would not have been possible to endure such a milestone in my life.

How you can help:

A secure financial on-line donation can be made directly through my fundraising page:

Your past help:

Over the past 14 years, family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues have generously contributed over $235,000.

What is lupus?

Lupus is a serious, complex autoimmune disease that can target any tissue or organ of the body, including skin, muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain. Lupus is a chronic disease caused by inflammation in one or more parts of the body.  The majority of people diagnosed with lupus are women in the prime years of their lives – between the ages of 15 and 45 years. Especially impacted are communities which include women of African, Caribbean, Asian and Aboriginal descent.

In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies — called “auto-antibodies” (auto means ‘self’) — cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.

No one knows for sure what causes Lupus. What we do know is that, in lupus, the immune system (the body’s defense against viruses and bacteria) is unable to tell the difference between intruders and the body’s own tissues. Trying to do its job, the immune system attacks parts of the body, causing inflammation and creating the symptoms of lupus. Lupus is not contagious and is not related to AIDS or cancer. It belongs in the family of diseases which include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, and scleroderma.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus and treatment can only hope to make the sufferer comfortable at best. It is for this reason early detection is so important.


  • Goal $8,000.00
  • Raised $6,690.00
Top Donations
  • Tom Koor - $500.00
  • Aboud Qudimat - $300.00
  • Robert and Susan Bruce - $250.00
  • Chris & Julie Chandler - $250.00
  • Laurence & Allison Blunt - $250.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Linda Keill 10/17/2020 $25.00
Nich & Diane Bayley 10/13/2020 $100.00
Robert and Susan Bruce 9/20/2020 $250.00
Lyn McDonell 9/15/2020 $60.00 Late to this, but glad you are a continuing champion, Tom.
Jeff Walker 8/30/2020 $100.00
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