Autoimmune Association Announces Partnership with Olympic Athlete Khamica Bingham
Newswise – The Autoimmune Association, the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to autoimmune disease awareness, advocacy, education and research, is teaming up with Olympian Khamica Bingham to increase understanding and awareness of autoimmune diseases. As part of the partnership, Bingham will be the keynote speaker for the organization’s annual Autoimmune Community Summit to be held virtually October 21-22, 2022.
“I am thrilled to partner with the Autoimmune Association to support their autoimmune disease awareness and education efforts,” said Khamica Bingham. “I didn’t know about autoimmune diseases until my family was tragically affected by them. The level of support we received after my mother’s diagnosis was amazing and I look forward to helping others feel the support we received.
Last year, Bingham lost her mother to sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation, usually in the lungs, skin or lymph nodes. She has pledged to honor her mother’s legacy by partnering with the Autoimmune Association to raise awareness.
“The loss of my mother has led me to learn more about the Autoimmune Association and the incredible community that surrounds it. As I work on my own healing journey, it gives me comfort to be able to support others thanks to the hard work of the Autoimmune Association,” Bingham said.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Khamica. Her international network coupled with her passion, heart and compelling story will help raise awareness. Awareness is mission critical. It fuels education, advocacy and research that will one day provide cures,” said Molly Murray, President and CEO of the Autoimmune Association.
78% of people living with autoimmune diseases are women and are often diagnosed with autoimmune diseases between the ages of 15 and 30. Despite many remarkable advances in modern medicine, it still takes an average of five years to arrive at a diagnosis. The Autoimmune Association looks forward to working with Khamica Bingham to close this gap, especially for women of color, to improve diagnostic and treatment pathways for better outcomes.
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