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No victims here - A bond of love between father and daughter despite Lupus! Toya Oglesby has had a life saturated with love and support. She saw the effect Lupus can have on individuals and their families as a child. Her father had Lupus and passed away when Toya was twelve. Her sharing her life as a Lupus Warrior is not only a testimony to her personal resilience and strength but also a story of the love between father and daughter. Lupus is a disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Although lupus affects people of all ages, it's most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45. Lupus is more common in African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Ninety percent (90%) of people living with lupus are women. Despite the flare-ups that have affected her life Toya has received her BA in communications from Wayne State University, and her MBA from Northwood University. She currently is the Chief Operations Officer for Express Dumpster Services and has numerous volunteer partnerships. She strives to live a waste-free life by campaigning about environmental awareness and advocacy. Lupus Detroit is a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating lupus as a major health problem through education, advocacy, and service. Lupus Warriors provide resources, education, and support for one another. Because of the pandemic, the organization is not having its two annual fundraisers. Instead, it is holding a raffle. The drawing will take place on June 1st. To enter Text GIVE to 313-214-2917. You can also make a contribution for the general support of Lupus Detroit by texting to this number.