Rudy Villamar: lupus isn't just a women's disease
Though an estimated 90 percent of people with lupus are women, it is a disease that can affect anyone regardless of gender, age or race.
When Rudy Villamar was diagnosed with lupus two years ago, he didn’t know anything about it.
“I thought it was a women’s disease,” he said. “Then I found out it’s not, it’s just really rare in men.”
Since then, Rudy and his partner Tim have become ardent supporters of the Lupus Foundation of America and its mission to create a future free from the cruel mystery of lupus. In addition to raising more than $11,000 for this year’s New York City Walk to End Lupus Now™, Rudy is featured in the new KNOW LUPUS public service announcements.
Watch the video above to hear what Rudy has to say about a life with lupus.
is a large supporter of the Lupus Foundation of America. He was diagnosed in 2013 and has since raised thousands of dollars for the cause.