Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum once again served as the honorary chair of the Lupus Loop 5K Walk/Run/Skate/Dog Jog on Saturday at Station Square, an event that has personal meaning for him.
Beachum's mother, Culetta, has lupus and Beachum wants to do his part to help the cause.
"My mom has struggled with it for years," said Beachum. "My grandmother is now going through some tests to find out if she has it. That is what is going on in the family now.
"It's special to me. it's close to me, something I am passionate about. To raise awareness and make sure people get tested is important. Many people have it and don't realize it. It's important to make people realize there are resources out there for you. It's the right thing to do."
Beachum said he worries about his mom, who had some issues over the summer with the disease, and hopes that she and others take advantage of all of the resources available to them.
"She had a little episode during training camp," said Beachum. "She has had those episodes come upon her. She is a fighter. I just wish she would utilize the resources even more, but she can be stubborn."
Beachum is hoping his presence at the walk will make those there and others aware that there are ways to get help.
"I am happy I am able to use my platform to impact people in any way that I can," said Beachum.
Beachum encourages not just those with lupus, but friends and family members of those suffering from the disease to educate themselves as much as they can, and always be willing to give back. To learn more visit the Lupus Foundation.