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Doctor may don go-go boots for fundraiser

After some time searching the Internet, LoriAnn Ueberroth found the perfect pair of purple patent leather go-go boots.
That part was easy. What will be tricky is getting them to fit the feet of Gary Gilkeson, M.D.
“We found a doctor who’s not afraid,” she said, explaining that MUSC’s vice chairman for research in the Department of Medicine will be wearing these boots April 18 if Team MUSCLE can meet or exceed the total team donation goal of $4,000 for the Walk for Lupus Now. “Dr. Gilkeson has a great sense of humor,” she said.
Ueberroth, clinical trials coordinator for the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, said the team members did so well last year, they were excited to do it again. Walk for Lupus Now is a family-friendly event that raises funds to support the programs and services of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). The Charleston Walk for Lupus Now will take place April 18, with registration starting at 2 p.m. at the track at the Park West Recreation Department, 1251 Park West Blvd. The Charleston area goal is to raise $25,000.
Walk for Lupus Now is the signature event of the Lupus Foundation of America Inc. In nearly 70 cities across America, thousands of people will walk in April to make a difference in the lives of those affected by lupus and to raise essential funds for research, education, and support services. Given that there hasn’t been a new medicine for lupus in more than 50 years, it’s a much needed cause to support, said Ueberroth.
It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans and more than 22,000 in South Carolina have a form of lupus. Lupus is an acute and chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually every organ system in the body.
Ueberroth said that members of  MUSC’s Lupus Erythematosus (MUSCLE) Group are working very hard to identify the causes of systemic lupus erythematosus and to find better treatments for it.   Members of the MUSCLE group are active in education programs locally through public schools, health fairs, news media and churches, as well as nationally through leadership in the LFA and the Office of Women’s Health.  The research group is made up of adult and pediatric rheumatologists, nurse practitioners, epidemiologists, study coordinators, and other support staff.
“These are caring people who are committed to increasing the community’s awareness of lupus and promoting earlier evaluation and treatment through clinical care services and research,” Ueberroth said.
To make a donation, join the team or check how close Team MUSCLE is to getting Gilkeson into those boots, visit the Web site For registration or to get information about the walk, go to or contact Ueberroth at 792-0549 or

Friday, March 12, 2010

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