Raising awareness for survivors at the 7th annual Walk for Lupus

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- “Fighting like a champ.”

Those were the words on everyone’s lips at the 7th annual Walk for Lupus at Rockford’s YMCA Log Lodge on Sunday.

About 250 people joined in on this year's walk, marking the largest turnout the Lupus Flare Fighters Rockford have ever had.

The organization began after leader Shaunda Anderson's daughter was diagnosed with lupus almost a decade ago, and finding a growing need for those battling the autoimmune disorder to have a strong support system behind them.

"Just know that sometimes when people have Lupus they don't look like they're sick, they won't complain because a lot of the times they don't want you to feel sorry for them. We did have someone come talk about 'I may have Lupus but Lupus doesn't have me,' my good friend Sonya Kirkpatrick encourages those who have Lupus, they don't want pity, they just want support," said Anderson.