Dodge ball tournament brings awareness to disease

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Around 200 workers from several marketing firms in St. Louis are coming together to bring awareness for a disease that affects millions.

They shutdown Washington Avenue for a dodge ball tournament to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America.

“Sometimes it makes it hurt to were I can’t do stuff to make me active,” said Lillian Tackitt, Lupus Foundation Ambassador.

Eight-year old Lillian suffers from the disease Lupus.

“Lupus is different for every person that has it. Some people can have a very mild form were they just have a rash on their face. And some people can have a very serious form were it can affect their kidneys even to cause them to have a heart attack,” explained Amy Ondr, President & CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter.

At least 1. 5 million Americans have the disease. Ninety percent of the people diagnosed with it are women, but men and even children can get it.

“The worst part about it is the medicine, only cause I have to take sometimes four or five different types,” said Lillian.

To raise awareness, the Lupus Foundation of American teamed up with a marketing group to help raise money.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie between the creative community. We work hard, we play hard. So this is really a fun way that we could come out and have some fun and help raise money for a great cause,” said Tara Gray, Director of Corporate Communications at GROUP360 Worldwide.

“Because we are a small organization that a lot of people haven’t heard about, the kind of awareness that this is going to generate for Lupus is fabulous,” stated Ondr.

The more people that are aware of the disease the easier it will be to raise money for research. So far there isn’t a cure for the disease. This dodge ball tournament is just the start that they need.

“It’s a fun way to raise money for a serious cause and that’s what we’re excited about,” said Ondr.