Seeing the need for financial support for metro Detroit Lupus Warriors, Sharon L. Harris created Lupus Detroit in 2011 to fill the void. Having been diagnosed with the disease at 22 years of age, she created Lupus Detroit. To date, Lupus Detroit has raised close to $50,000 for Lupus Warriors. The funds are used to satisfy debts that Lupus Warriors may have with DTE, to purchase medications and to offset some of their hospital care. This year’s Walk, held on September 5th, saw 800 participants! At the inaugural Walk, Sharon was awarded a “Spirit of Detroit” award by Detroit City Council President, Brenda Jones.
The sought after lupus advocate has been a guest on a variety of Detroit radio and television stations. Sharon has also graced the front page of the Detroit Free Press’ Health section and has been mentioned in Essence magazine. She was also the subject of a lupus segment that went viral in four hours on the PBS show ‘A Wider World’. Sharon has travelled to Washington D.C to lobby Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on behalf of those with lupus.
When the ex-flight attendant is not penning articles for the Detroit Free Press, Tampa Tribune or the Michigan Chronicle, she can be found volunteering or putting the finishing touches on two novels. The former on-air gospel personality is a proponent of everyone can do something and goes about her days improving the lives of others.
A native Detroiter, Sharon is a graduate of Renaissance High School and Florida A and M University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in French.