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. Dr. Anita Dhanrajani is the 2018/2019 Geoff Carr Fellow.  The following are her words regarding the value and impact of the Fellowship:

 The Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship gave me a wonderful opportunity to pursue my passion and interest in Lupus research. It has enabled me to work under the best lupus clinicians in North America such as Dr. Earl Silverman, Dr. Deborah Levy, and do very valuable research under Dr. Linda Hiraki. I have felt like a part of the Lupus Ontario family in the last 6 months and hope that I continue to receive the love and support for the rest of the duration of my fellowship. I aspire to make a difference to the lives of people living with lupus through my work and research and am very thankful to Lupus Ontario for providing me the support to do this. I hope that some day we can fulfil the dream of having specialized pediatric dedicated Lupus clinics not just all through Ontario but all over Canada.

 How you can help

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

https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/LupusOntario/worldlupusday2019/individual.do?participationRef=12744.0.63561872

If you make an anonymous donation I will not know that you donated. Please let me know by email so that I can thank you personally.

This fundraising page will only be active until Sep 30, 2019.

Your past help:

Over the past 13 years, family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues have generously contributed over $226,000.

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. Especially impacted are Canadian women of African, Caribbean, Asian, and Aboriginal descent.

In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system (the body’s defense against viruses and bacteria) cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own health cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies — called “auto-antibodies” (auto means ‘self’) — cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body. Lupus is not contagious and is not related to AIDS or cancer. It belongs in the family of diseases that includes rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, and scleroderma.

No one knows for sure what causes Lupus. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus and treatment can only hope to make the sufferer comfortable at best. It is for this reason early detection is so important.