The Geoff Carr Fellowship – Lupus Ontario

How does your donation help improve the lives of people living with lupus?

100% of the funds we raise are being directed towards the $65,000 Lupus Ontario Geoff Carr Fellowship. This Fellowship is offered annually to a qualified doctor, to work under supervision at an accredited Lupus Clinic in Ontario. The Fellowship also provides the recipient opportunities to conduct research in either adult or paediatric lupus, to gain additional in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment options for the disease, and to provide patient care and education.

Dr. Ambika Gupta, Internist and Rheumatologist, is the 2020/2021 Geoff Carr Fellow.  The following are her words regarding the value and impact of the Fellowship:

I am very fortunate to have been part of the Toronto Lupus Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital over this last year. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from world-renowned leaders in the care of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Dr. Zahi Touma, Dr. Murray Urowitz and Dr. Dafna Gladman. With their guidance, I have improved my clinical skills and am becoming proficient at diagnosing, treating, and addressing complications of Lupus. I have also had the opportunity to be involved with clinical research, in the area of neuropsychiatric manifestations of Lupus. The ability to make a difference in the lives of patients with Lupus has been a very personally rewarding experience for me. I am extremely thankful for the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship and Lupus Ontario, because without their support, it would not have been possible to obtain this education and experience. 

How you can help:

A secure financial on-line donation can be made directly through this fundraising page:

https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/LupusOntario/geoffcarr2021a/individual.do?participationRef=12744.0.226206751

Your past help:

Over the past 15 years, family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues have generously contributed over $243,000.

What is lupus?

Lupus is a serious, complex autoimmune disease that can target any tissue or organ of the body, including skin, muscles, joints, blood and blood vessels, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain. Lupus is a chronic disease caused by inflammation in one or more parts of the body.  The majority of people diagnosed with lupus are women in the prime years of their lives – between the ages of 15 and 45 years. Especially impacted are communities which include women of African, Caribbean, Asian and Aboriginal descent.

In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and the body’s own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against the body. These antibodies — called “auto-antibodies” (auto means ‘self’) — cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

No one knows for sure what causes Lupus. Lupus is not contagious and is not related to AIDS or cancer. It belongs in the family of diseases which include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, and scleroderma.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus and treatment can only hope to make the patient comfortable at best. It is for this reason early detection is so important.