With the aim of raising awareness for lupus and supporting patients and their families, Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar launched the Hope For Lupus Foundation last December 4, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks healthy cells and tissues.
Advocating the importance of early detection and treatment of the disease, DIWA Rep. Aglipay said the cause is close to her heart because she was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007.
“My personal experience is a testament to how early detection can prevent major organ damage of kidneys and blood vessels,” she said. She emphasized that awareness of Lupus and its symptoms will allow patients to seek proper treatment at the earlier stages to avert major organ damage and save lives.
“The lack of awareness has already cost so many lives. With Hope For Lupus, no more lives should be lost due to a lack of information and awareness about the disease,” said DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar.
The foundation’s launch featured an exhibit entitled Lupus Warriors and a musical by Nicanor Tiongson, in partnership with the University of the Philippines—PGH’s Rheumatology Department.
Mabining Mandirigma is a steam-punk dance musical depicting the life of revolutionary leader Apolinario Mabini. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Bridging Lupus Fund for the benefit of indigent lupus patients in PGH.
Together with co-founders Lila Shahani, Melanie Cuevas, who both have lupus, rheumatologists, Dr. Paulo Lorenzo and Dr. Ging Racaza, Sidney Salazar and Nadine Bernardino, DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar hopes that with the foundation, they will be able to establish a Lupus-free Philippines.
For more information, go to http://hopeforlupus.org.ph or call 721-98-55.