6 in the Sticks Walk/Run for Lupus on August 19

“Six in the Sticks” is a six-kilometre Walk/Run taking place starting at the Vankleek Hill fairgrounds on Sunday, August 19, starting at 9 a.m.. This year, the run is a fundraiser for Lupus Ontario. There will be merchandise for sale at the event and a portion of the registration fees will be donated to Lupus Ontario, said Linda Keill, president of Lupus Ontario.

Keill stopped by The Review offices last week to talk a bit about the upcoming fundraiser. She said that she and some volunteers will have a table set up near the beer tent on Sunday, August 19 to accept donations and to raise awareness.

Keill said that the “Six in the Sticks” event raises funds for smaller, lesser-known charities every year. This year, Lupus Ontario was selected. It is classified as a rare disease because only one in 1,000 will be diagnosed with Lupus and of those, 90 per cent are female, said Keill.

One of the reasons Lupus may be a lower-profile disease is that sometimes, you cannot tell that someone has Lupus. People know less about Lupus Ontario, when compared to higher-profile charities like the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Keill knows what she is talking about. She has discoid lupus, which makes her skin very sensitive to the sun. Because of Lupus, she is also vulnerable to blood disorders, but she is lucky, she said, because there is no joint involvement or the pain that goes with it.

Lupus often causes inflammation and pain and there is no cure. The other struggle those with Lupus may face is the length of time it can take for someone to be diagnosed.

Keill has roots in Eastern Ontario. She grew up in this part of the province and says it is time to refocus Lupus awareness in this part of the province. All donations will be directed to the Ottawa Hospital Lupus Clinic.

Lupus Ontario pledge forms will be at The Review later this week. You can register for the August 19 Walk for Lupus event at the Vankleek Hill Fair here.

Or make a donation here.

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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