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South Laurel/Montpelier: Inspiring resident fights Lupus herself and as team captain for Lupus Walk
South Laurel resident and Lupus patient Keonna Feaster served as team captain in the sixth annual D.C. Walk for Lupus Now! on April 21. A five-year resident of Laurel, and a Lupus patient since 1999, this is Keonna's second time participating in the walk. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease, which can affect joints, skin, kidneys, brain and other organs. There are more than 80,000 Lupus patients in the D.C. metro area. As a team captain in the walk, Keonna was responsible for establishing the team donation goal, recruiting members and keeping her team aware of the information about the race. She used Twitter, Facebook, email and word of mouth to solicit team members and donations. Some health challenges had limited her physical preparation, but she was able to finish the 1.5 mile course with ease. Keonna is active in events sponsored by the Lupus Foundation, getting to meet others who are experiencing the same symptoms and keeping up to date on current research, new medications and lifestyle recommendations.
By Sara Ervin Walser, email@example.com 301-717-0050
May 7, 2012