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Students and staff of Florence Unified walk to end Lupus

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Amarissa Mauricio (Middle) Takes A Picture With Peyton Lea Miller (left) And Her Brother, Brandon Mauricio (right) During The Event. Photo Courtesy Florence Unified School District

Forty staff and students from the Florence Unified School District participated in the annual “Walk To End Lupus Now” at Paradise Valley Mall on September 17th.  They were all members of Team Butterfly Kisses in honor of Amarissa Mauricio, sophomore at Poston Butte High School.  She was diagnosed with Lupus three years ago.

Despite this diagnosis, Amarissa still attends schools full time and her favorite class is dance.

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Amarissa Mauricio (Middle) takes a picture with Peyton Lea Miller (left) and her brother, Brandon Mauricio (right) during the event.

The national anthem at the event was sung by Jaylie Robinson, Junior at PBHS.  Some members of the Anthem K-8 School staff, where Amarissa‘s mom works, all helped raise money for the cause.

The CAVIT Fire Class at FUSD wore their full uniforms, including oxygen tanks while they walked.  Numerous other clubs and classes from around the district also participated.

The “Walk to End Lupus Now” is an event that brings people together to create awareness for this disease.  The hope is to one day, through funding research, there will be a cure.

For more information on how you can get involved click here.

“I cannot tell you what it meant to me, to have the Florence support that we did.  Thank you.  I truly appreciate each of you and the love and support you showed our family and Amarissa,” said Dayan Zepeda-Nazar, Amarissa‘s mom.

“The generosity and support showed by our staff and students for Amarissa is incredible.  We are very proud of everyone who got involved,” Dr. Amy Fuller said.