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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Seventh-grader raising lupus awareness

  • On May 1 Callie Oxford, 13 years old of Harrisburg, signed a proclamation with Harrisburg Mayor Ron Crank declaring May as “Lupus Awareness Month” for the town.
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  • On May 1 Callie Oxford, 13 years old of Harrisburg, signed a proclamation with Harrisburg Mayor Ron Crank declaring May as “Lupus Awareness Month” for the town.
    Oxford has created a display at Harrisburg Public Library with information and to raise awareness for this often misunderstood disease. She encourages the community to visit the library display as well as pick up a free purple ribbon lapel pin she made to wear during the month, especially this Friday, May 16 which is POP Day. POP Day is being celebrated across the nation as “Put On Purple” Day to show support and encourage lupus awareness.
    Oxford is doing this project as part of “Pass It On,” an initiative she, a seventh grader at Harrisburg Middle School, launched on “National Pay It Forward Day” April 24. Oxford wants to challenge other youth to do a project monthly to pass on kindness.
    Oxford will be sharing her activities on a Facebook page and encourages other youth to share how they “pass it on” as well. You can “like” at her page at www.facebook.com/passitonbycallie.
    Oxford has a special interest in lupus awareness as her mother suffers from the disease and she hopes to educate the community on it’s debilitating effects.

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