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For Immediate Release August 12, 2013

Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus hosts its 4th Annual Basketball Tournament (BALTIMORE, AUGUST 12, 2013) –Brace yourself for an unstoppable force clad with purple shirts and basketballs \ in the Baltimore area. September 7, 2013 marks the 4th annual basketball tournament by Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus (LLL), Walk for Lupus Now team. The teams highly anticipated fundraising event will be held at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, located at 4300 Bedford rd. in Baltimore, Md from 12pm-4pm. Tickets can be purchased for a $7.00 donation at the door. The tournament will feature volunteers from Baltimore City and County Police, Correctional officers, Firefighters and educational institution volunteers, all competing to be dubbed this year’s victors and for a chance to win one of the two, two-foot purple trophies. The event will also feature a live DJ, food and beverages, educational brochures on Lupus and the Lupus Foundation of America, and half-time will feature a flash mob performance by the LLL team. The LLL team continues to be the largest Lupus Foundation of America team in the Baltimore area with 100+ dedicated members Last year alone, they surpassed their goal of $5,000, by raising $5,615 in charitable donations making them the top team for the second of the three years that they have participated. The team is led by Sherry Scipio, who created the team in 2010, after her younger sister, Jacquelyn passed away from Lupus in 2009. Since then, she has remained an advocate for Lupus research, and hopes to make the team an official foundation by the year 2015. Through passion for the cause, consistency in the fight and the motivation to raise charitable donations, Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus strives to increase awareness in the Baltimore area. Each dollar raised goes directly to improving the quality of life for those living with Lupus, and to the scientific battle to find a cure.

For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus’s Public Relations correspondent, Shirley Hudson, at or 410-984-8951

Backgrounder Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus (LLL), is a team that functions through The Lupus Foundation’s DMV Chapter. For the past three years, the team has consecutively participated in the Walk For Lupus Now campaign, in which participants fight to raise money to benefit individuals suffering with Lupus and Lupus research. Since the team formulated in 2010, it has remained the largest team in the Baltimore area; currently with 100+ members, and has raised over $20,000 in donations. The team hopes to expound upon its growth and form a foundation in the itss name by the year 2015. Each year, the LLL team hosts a charity basketball game to raise money for the Lupus Foundation. The “Lock Up V.S. Lock Down” basketball tournament is a family event, in which volunteers from the Baltimore City and County Police, Correctional officers, Firefighters and Staff members from various educational institutions, all band together in the name of charity to be crowned the victor and receive one of the two, two-foot trophies. There’s music, food, educational brochures and even part time entertainment to get the crowd involved. The fundraiser has consistently been a success and is highly anticipated each year. The Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus team was created in 2010 by Sherry Scipio. Upon the passing of her sister, Jacquelyn Belton in 2009 due to complications with Lupus, Mrs. Scipio wanted to create an organization that would impact the world, and preserve her sister’s memory. She was immensely inspired by the story of Susan G. Komen, and began on a journey to start a similar movement for Lupus. Through her team and eventually her foundation, she hopes to raise money for Lupus research, educate people worldwide on the disease, and inspire people to want to get involved in the fight against Lupus.

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In the United States alone it is believed that at least 1.5 million people -- women, men, teens, and children -- have lupus. More than 16,000 new cases are reported across the country each year. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children and teenagers develop lupus, too. Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus. Lupus is a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus, and is what most people mean when they refer to "lupus." Systemic lupus can affect any part of your body, and can be mild or severe. Some of the more serious complications involving major organ systems are: o inflammation of the kidneys (lupus nephritis) o an increase in blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) o inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) o hardening of the arteries (coronary artery disease) o inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) and brain o inflammation of the brain’s blood vessels Jacquelyn Belton’s legacy of Love for Lupus was founded in 2010 by Sherry Scipio The foundation has consistently been the largest team in the Walk for Lupus Now campaign since its inception in 2010 When the team first joined the campaign, they raised the most money, which allowed Jacquelyn’s mother, Shirley Belton, to cut the ribbon to start the race The team hopes to be an official non-profit organization by 2015. The team is currently derived of 100+ devoted members and has gained over $20,000 in charitable donations in only three years The official color for Lupus is purple and the official symbol is a butterfly

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Letter From Founder: Sherry Scipio The Jacquelyn Belton Legacy of Love for Lupus team was created in memory of Jacquelyn Belton who lost her ten-year battle with Lupus in 2009. The following year, our family was inspired to get involved with The Lupus Foundation and its efforts to help people with this disease. Lupus is an autoimmune disease with no known cause or cure. It will normally manifest with a whole host of symptoms ranging from skin rashes, arthritic pain, inflammation in any part of the body, exhaustion, and extreme fatigue. The average person who hasn't been diagnosed will be falsely diagnosed because of the wide range of symptoms that appear non-specific. There is still no real concrete way to determine onset today. Lupus currently affects 1.6 million people in the United States. There are 16,000 newly diagnosed every year in this country. It is a disease that affects men, women, and children of every race, however, 2 out of every 3 new cases is a woman of color. More specifically, 90% of people diagnosed are Black women. In the first year that the team entered the Walk for Lupus Now Baltimore campaign in 2010, the Jacquelyn Belton Legacy of Love for Lupus team raised nearly $9,000.00 for the Lupus foundation of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. They have been the largest team in the Lupus Walk since their involvement and a huge part of the reason that the Walk has had its greatest number of funds raised and participants for the past two years. They have remained one of the top five fundraising teams and the largest team for the three years they have been involved. My mother, Shirley Belton, and other sister, Yolonda Allen, along with myself, have made it a priority to stay involved so that Baltimore becomes a leader in the fight against Lupus. This disease is killing our community and for the large number of women affected we still have many people who haven't heard of Lupus. Our goal is to raise awareness so that the Purple Butterfly will become recognized everywhere. For now we'll settle for Baltimore.

Sherry Scipio Founder of Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus

F ace B ehind the F ight: A bout Jackie

Jacquelyn Belton was born on August 13,1978 in Baltimore, Maryland. As an infant she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. Her parents were notified that her childhood would be far from normal. Living with a body riddled with pain was a reality she was used to from birth. Auto-Immune is a term that she and her family became familiar with soon after she was diagnosed. Doctor's informed Jacquelyn's parents that most children with the type of sickle cell disease she had didn't survive long past the age of 18. Jacquelyn nor her parents accepted this as a reason not to make every attempt achieving a full life filled with every opportunity afforded any well person. Jacquelyn accepted the receptionist position at Beautiful Sista's Hair Salon in 2000. She had been recently diagnosed with Lupus a year prior. The lives she touched during her ten-year battle fighting Lupus became a living legacy. So many women who have never heard of Lupus were introduced to it through Jacquelyn (Jackie). Jackie gave Lupus a face, a name, a family, and a legacy. The name of her team is the Jacquelyn Belton Legacy of Love for Lupus because that is what she left behind. She was a smiling face who greeted many, a concerned friend who never complained about her own situation, and an educator about how to graciously live courageously with a disease that causes your body to go to war with itself daily. Despite her struggle to stand to her feet, she rejoiced each time she was able to do just that. Jacquelyn was that daily reminder of how we should be grateful for the ability to Stand; so we Walk.

Organizational Contact List •

Shirley Hudson: Public Relations Correspondent for Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus team- For any media-related or sponsorship inquiries call (410)-984-8951 or e-mail

Sherry Scipio: Founder of Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love team- For general information on the organization, how to join the team and how to donate call (410) 984-3260 or e-mail

Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter 2000 L Street NW Suite 415 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 787-5380 or Toll-free in DC, VA, MD, WV: (888) 787-5380

Penelope C. Fletcher: President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter- (202) 787-5390 or

Brian Wachtel: Director of Events for the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter- (202) 787-5384 or

Jacquelyn Belton’s Legacy of Love for Lupus Charity Basketball Game

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Shirley Hudson (410)984-8951 October 17, 2012


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