Monday’s Madame: Sharon L. Harris, Founder Of Lupus Detroit

September 30, 2013  |  

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Monday’s Madame: Sharon L. Harris

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Why she inspires us:  Diagnosed with lupus 11 years ago, the disease did not hamper Sharon L. Harris from living her dreams. As a matter of fact, the disease made Sharon more committed to service. Her lupus battle has been just that – a battle. Sharon was diagnosed with both discoid and systemic lupus, which attacked her kidneys, joints and skin. For months, she walked around with a very pronounced lupus butterfly rash on her face, and though the Detroit native was devastated, she was not defeated.

For three years, Sharon was chosen to be the “Face of Lupus” for the Lupus Alliance, with her picture being posted on the organization’s website and brochures. And last year, she founded Lupus Detroit, an organization that raises money to assist Lupus Warriors with everyday necessities such as medication, toiletries, etc. In September, Lupus Detroit hosted their first Walk to raise funds for others suffering from the disease, believing that no Lupus Warrior should have to choose between purchasing their medication and putting food on the table.

Follow Her: @SherriBlaise

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