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 Registering

What is VIRTUAL Walk to End to Lupus Now™?

Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now is America’s largest lupus walk program with thousands of walkers in nearly 60 cities across the nation to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.

Do I need to register and fundraise for the Virtual Walk?

We encourage everyone to help us with our fundraising goal and win great prizes.

Is there a registration fee?

This year, we are not charging a fee to be part of the Virtual Walk.

How do I get a t-shirt?

Once you reach your fundraising goal (minimum of $100), you may receive a t-shirt (while supplies last)

What T-shirt sizes are available?
Our T-shirts are standard, pre-shrunk unisex cotton T-shirts, and will be available in these sizes:
         Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL 

Is there a minimum amount that I have to fundraise?
 
YES- this year, you can receive an official LFA mask when you raise $35 plus you can also receive an official  t-shirt, when you raise a minimum of $100.  We also have the Hero (minimum-$500) and Trailblazer(minimum $1,000) levels with additional prizes.  

Why should I raise money? 

By raising funds for Walk to End Lupus Now, you are helping us fulfill our vision of a world free of lupus through lupus research, education and advocacy programs to help improve the lives of all people impacted by lupus.

Where does the money go? 

Funds raised from this year’s Walk will help:

  • Lead special research initiatives, fund innovative studies, and advocate for increased public and private investment in lupus research to advance the science and medicine of lupus;
  • Translate research findings into useful programs, information, and tools for people with lupus, and ensure health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease;
  • Conduct outreach efforts to increase public understanding of lupus, and share stories of those who suffer from the disease to rally public support to join the fight to end lupus; and,
  • Provide caring support to people with lupus, their families and their caregivers, and help guide them through the complexities of living with lupus.

I've participated before, but I can't remember my Username/Password...help!?
Since we are using a new website, you will need to create a new username and password.

Can I register over the phone or through the mail?
Absolutely!  Our office hours are weekdays from 10a-5p, or you can simply drop your completed registration brochure in the mail to our office address, Attn: [Your City] Walk to End Lupus Now. 

Is there an age limit to participate?
For our Walk events, there is no age minimum OR maximum to participate.

Can I register multiple people in one transaction?
Sure!  On the Walk homepage, click the bright green REGISTER HERE button.  If you use this option, you can form a team, join a team, or just sign up as individuals then continue to register each team member.  Each person you register this way will have their own personal fundraising page and will collect donations independently.  If you register as part of a team, your individual totals will be added into the team total.

 My family wants to fundraise together - is it possible to register my family together as one unit?

Yes, however with this new software, you will need to form a team or join a team first, then register yourself.  Your family will then share a personal fundraising page and work together to collect donations as a single unit.

Does online registration have a deadline?
Online registration for each Walk event ends at 5:00pm Central Time on the night before the event

 How long do I have to collect and turn in donations to qualify for an incentive prize?

We have extended the fundraising timeline and are now allowing donations made up to 4 weeks after the Walk.  Matching gifts are included in fundraising totals if the fundraiser provides the appropriate matching gift form when turning in the eligible donation.

What should I do with checks & cash donations?

You can mail your check donations to:
Lupus Foundation of America-Tx, Gulf Coast Chapter
2503 Robinhood Street, Ste. 275
Houston, Texas 77098 

Be sure to write your walker name and team name on each check. Allow 3 weeks for processing. Please do not mail cash. 

Download the Offline Contribution Form to record gifts received in checks and cash. Double or triple your fundraising with Matching Gift Programs offered by your and your donors’ employers! Ask your Human Resources department about matching gifts. 

For Team Captains

Do I have to pay to start a team?
NO - however, you must register yourself in the same transaction that you start your team, so you must be prepared to pay your own registration fee at that time.  There is no additional cost (or discount) for starting a team.

Can I pick up the T-shirts for my entire team all at once?
We would love that!  Call the office and make arrangements. 

My team members and I have questions about how to use our Walk Team Captain page...can you help?
Absolutely!  They can send us an email, or - as their Team Captain - collect several questions and email them to us all at once.  We rely on our awesome network of Captains to make sure everyone has the best Walk campaign possible, in every aspect of the event...so please don't hesitate to keep in touch! 

For Registered Walkers

When do I get my T-shirt?
For Houston: We will announce T-shirt pick-up dates/times/locations. We will also make other arrangements for particpants outside of Houston.

For Donors

Will I get a T-shirt if I donate to my friend, a team, or to the event?
NO - only registrants who raise $100 or more are eligible to receive our Walk T-shirts. If you would like to qualify for a t-shirt, go ahead and just register for the Virtual Walk.

I don't like using my credit/debit card online - can I donate through the mail instead?
Mailed donations are happily accepted at our office address.  Please be sure to include the name of the participant and/or team that you would like for us to credit, as well as your e-mail address so we can issue you a prompt e-receipt for your donation.  For security reasons, please note that sending cash through the mail is always discouraged. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?  Will I get a receipt?
Absolutely!  If you donate online, you will receive an automatic confirmation and receipt in your e-mail inbox that can be printed for your records.  If you donate through the mail or in person, please ensure that you provide us with an e-mail address for your e-receipt, or your mailing address if you would like your receipt mailed to you. 

Is there a deadline for donations?
Everyone has until December, 2021 to continue raising funds for our 2021 Texas Gulf Coast Virtual Walk campaign.  This does include all pledge donations, too. 

How do I get my company to "match" my donation amount?
To double the impact of your own donation, many businesses and corporations will match charitable gifts made by their employees.  Contact your HR or Community Relations department to find out how!

 

 

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