Five years ago Shannon Boxx, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s soccer team, was diagnosed with lupus. After hiding her diagnosis, Shannon decided to come out of the lupus closet last year so she could help educate others suffering from our fate.
“I didn’t want to be different. You keep those things quiet,” Boxx said. But “I just realized it was not working. It’s worth talking about it; giving my voice and using my voice to bring more attention to it.
On Saturday, Boxx gave more than her voice, organizing a team of family, fans and friends such as Abby Wambach to join some 5,000 others on a three-mile fundraising walk around Exposition Park. Shannon’s group raised more than $5,500 for the Lupus Foundation of America.
“It feels good to know that you’re not alone,” Boxx said. “This walk is all about the unity of the community.”