Raleigh woman’s ‘Lights for Lupus’ raises money for a cure

See more photos of the display

See more photos of the display


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There’s always that one house in the neighborhood where the lights outdo just about everyone else’s this time of year, but in one neighborhood the homeowners are doing much more than just putting on a show.

“I start putting some lights on the bushes almost a month ahead,” said Robin Reid. “I plug every string of lights into every computer box.”

But when Reid finally gets everything set, the result is impressive.

She said, “Every year I’ve done the lights and people have always asked, ‘Can I give you a donation? Can I give you a donation?’”

This year, she decided to take them up on that offer.

For the first time she’s using her light display in north Raleigh to enlighten the community.

About six years ago, she was diagnosed with lupus.

“This is just mind-numbing fatigue. You can watch TV with your eyes closed, not hold conversations,” she said.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 5,200 people in the Triangle.

It has no known cause or cure. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, it has wide-ranging health effects from a skin rash to a heart attack.

Robin is using her annual light display gives as a chance to raise money for the foundation without even having to leave home. She calls it “Lights for Lupus.”

“It was easy for me when i wasn’t feeling well to sit in bed and learn how the computer lights ran,” she said.

People passing by her home just have to tune their radios to the right frequency to hear the music coordinated with the light show. They can donate and learn more about lupus from the Reids.

“There’s an opportunity for some of that, but the truth of the matter is you can’t have enough opportunities, enough voices,” said Robin’s husband Byron.

Robin says she hopes to raise at least $2,000. “But the more people are aware of the disease, I’m hoping more treatments become available,” she said.

The display is at the Reids’ home at 1413 Whittington Drive in north Raleigh off Falls of Neuse Road. The lights will be on display through Dec. 30. They will be on until 11 p.m. each day through Christmas. After that, they’re on until 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday. The light show will not take place if it’s raining.

For more information on lupus and the North Carolina chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, click here: http://www.lupusnc.org or call (877) 849-8271.

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