Ci Ci Berardi and is being held in memory of her Mother-Delores Stevens Canty, Sister-Paria Jackson Byrd, and Aunt Patricia Wells, who lost their life to lupus. Lupus is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues. Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form. Symptoms include joint and muscle pain, red rashes and sensitivity to sunlight. Lupus affects women more than men and can be treated with medication.