lupus awareness month and world lupus day

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May is Lupus Awareness Month and May 10, 2016 is World Lupus Day.

I didn’t know much about lupus until Patty, my wife, was diagnosed with it in January 2016. Lupus is a devastating disease. It has unpredictable and sometimes fatal effects. It is both chronic and progressive. There is an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States living with lupus and another 5 million throughout the world. Women between the ages of 15-45 make up 90% of patients. African American women are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed with lupus than other races although it develops in all ages, races, ethnicities, and genders.

Lupus is a disease of the immune system in which a person’s white blood cells attack the healthy tissues of their own body including the heart, lungs, skin, joints, muscles, kidneys, and brain. The cause of lupus is unknown. Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain, muscle weakness, sensitivity to sunlight, and a skin rash. A red rash across the bridge of the nose and cheeks is a “butterfly-rash.” It was Patty’s rash and itchy skin that caused us to consult a medical professional.

There is no cure for lupus and the only treatment is immunosuppression that slows down the body’s immune system. An average lupus patient might take eight prescription medications daily to manage all of her medical conditions.

Average medical costs are $20,000 annually and 40% of lupus patients leave the workforce within three years of diagnosis due to their worsening symptoms.

Unfortunately, despite the widespread prevalence of lupus, medical research has remained underfunded relative to the scope and devastation of the disease.

If interested in fighting lupus, please get involved in one of many ways such as donating online at the Lupus Foundation of America (http://www.lupus.org), participating in a Walk to End Lupus Now event, spreading awareness through social media, and volunteering in clinical trials for new medications and treatments.

-scott weaver

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april 2016 in review

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Texas’ Kacy Clemens misses a throw to first base against K-State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 8, 2016.

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K-State’s Quintin Crandall dives for a fly ball against Nebraska at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 19, 2016.

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K-State’s Carolina Costamagna earns a point against Southern Illinois at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 22, 2016.

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K-State’s head coach Danielle Steinberg cheers on the Wildcats against Oklahoma at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 24, 2016.

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K-State’s Palma Juhasz and Sara Castellano win their doubles match against Oklahoma at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 24, 2016.

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K-State’s Iva Bago watches her return against Oklahoma at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 24, 2016.

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K-State huddles before the match against Iowa State during the Big 12 Tennis Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 28, 2016.

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K-State’s Millie Stretton earns a point against Iowa State during the Big 12 Tennis Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 28, 2016.

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Kansas’ Smith Hinton is embraced by her teammates during the Big 12 Tennis Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 29, 2016.

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Texas Tech’s Alex Valenstein is embraced by her teammates during the Big 12 Tennis Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 29, 2016.

-scott weaver

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march 2016 in review

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TCU’s Showgirls perform during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 4, 2016.

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Oklahoma’s Maddie Manning celebrates against Oklahoma State during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 5, 2016.

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Baylor’s head coach Kim Mulkey slips and falls against Texas Tech during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 5, 2016.

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Texas Tech’s Zuri Sanders competes for a loose ball against Baylor’s Khadijiah Cave during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 5, 2016.

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Texas’ Jordan Hosey competes for a loose ball against Kansas’ Chayla Cheadle during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 5, 2016.

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Texas’ Ariel Atkins competes for a loose ball against West Virginia’s Arielle Roberson during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 6, 2016.

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Baylor’s Kristina Higgins competes for a loose ball against Texas’s Celina Rodrigo during the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 7, 2016.

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Texas’ Isaiah Taylor competes for a loose ball against Baylor’s Johnathan Motley during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2016.

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Kansas’ Carlton Bragg competes for a loose ball against K-State’s D.J. Johnson during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2016.

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Kansas’ Devonte Graham celebrates after the game against K-State during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2016.

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Kansas’ Perry Ellis dunks against Baylor during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 11, 2016.

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Kansas fan Uncle Anthony reacts to a dunk during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 11, 2016.

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Oklahoma’s coach Lon Kruger disputes a call during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 11, 2016.

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Oklahoma’s Dante Buford dunks during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 11, 2016.

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West Virginia’s Elijah Macon celebrates after the game against Oklahoma during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 11, 2016.

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Kansas’ Devonte Graham lays up a shot during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 12, 2016.

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K-State’s Brooks Zimmerman slides into second base against Stephen F. Austin at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 16, 2016.

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K-State’s Tyler Wolfe dives for a ground ball against Western Carolina at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 19, 2016.

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TCU’s Kari Hancock competes in Equitation on the Flat during the Big 12 Equestrian Championship at Totusek Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma on March 26, 2016.

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K-State’s Jake Wodtke gets mobbed in the dugout after his home run against Omaha at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 29, 2016.

-scott weaver

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amanda and b.j. get married

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B.J. listens to toasts from his groomsmen during the rehearsal dinner.

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Amanda yawns during an early morning hair appointment on her wedding day.

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Amanda gets her hair and makeup done before her wedding ceremony.

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Groomsman Kyle Klein plays the piano during the wedding ceremony.

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B.J. waits for Amanda to enter the church during their wedding ceremony.

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Amanda walks down the aisle during her wedding ceremony.

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Amanda and B.J. Finney are introduced to the church after their wedding ceremony.

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B.J. and Amanda kiss in a stairwell after their wedding ceremony.

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B.J. and Amanda leave the church after their wedding ceremony.

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Pastor Bill Gasser signs the marriage certificate for Amanda and B.J.

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Amanda and B.J. kiss during a photo shoot after their wedding ceremony.

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Stephanie Duncan takes a selfie with B.J. on their party bus.

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Amanda and B.J. stock their party bus with beverages before their reception.

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Amanda and B.J. stop their party bus to pose for a photo at Anderson Hall.

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B.J. and Amanda greet their guests at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas.

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B.J. and Amanda are toasted by family and friends during their wedding reception.

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K-State’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat, hugs Amanda during their reception.

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Groomsmen James Gregg and Collin Klein hold Amanda as B.J. removes her garter.

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Amanda and B.J. dance during their reception at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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Wedding guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor at the reception.

Recently, B.J. Finney and Amanda Weishaar, two friends of mine from K-State Athletics, asked me to photograph their wedding in Manhattan, Kansas.

Amanda is a former captain on the K-State rowing team. B.J. is a former captain on the K-State football team and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have shot them for years as student-athletes so I was honored to document their special day.

-scott weaver

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february 2016 in review

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K-State’s Carlbe Ervin dives for a loose ball against Kansas’ Perry Ellis at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas on February 3, 2016.

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K-State’s head coach Bruce Weber directs the Wildcats against Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 6, 2016.

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K-State’s Justin Edwards celebrates at the end of the game against Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 6, 2016.

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K-State’s Kaylee Page celebrates at the end of the game against Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 9, 2016.

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K-State’s Ana Garcia Navas celebrates a point against Drake at Mike Goss Tennis Center in Manhattan, Kansas on February 21, 2016.

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Chase Kuchera and Kirkland Babib wait for the doors to open against Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 21, 2016. The two dressed in pink clothes as part of the annual Play 4 Kay game to raise cancer awareness.

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K-State’s Justin Edwards competes for a loose ball against Texas’ Isaiah Taylor at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on February 22, 2016.

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K-State’s Adam Deterding competes in the heptathlon shot put during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 26, 2016.

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K-State’s Akela Jones competes in the women’s high jump during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa on February 27, 2016.

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Iowa State’s Jameel McKay blocks a shot against K-State’s D.J. Johnson at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa on February 27, 2016.

-scott weaver

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a photo shoot with k-state’s tyler moore

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Recently, I shot portraits of K-State’s catcher Tyler Moore for the team poster at the Brandeberry Indoor Complex in Manhattan, Kansas. K-State opens the 2016 season against the UC Riverside Highlanders in Riverside, California on February 19.

-scott weaver

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january 2016 in review

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K-State’s Zack Supple competes in the men’s pole vault during the KSU Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on January 9, 2016.

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K-State’s Megan Vanderpool competes in the women’s pole vault during the KSU Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on January 9, 2016.

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K-State’s Barry Brown pulls down a rebound against Texas Tech’s Norense Odiase at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 12, 2016.

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K-State’s Kindred Wesemann celebrates after the game against Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 13, 2016.

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K-State’s Shaelyn Martin dives for a loose ball against TCU at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 16, 2016.

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K-State’s Shaelyn Martin takes a charge against TCU’s Zahna Medley at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 16, 2016.

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Erik Kynard competes in the men’s high jump during the Deloss Dodds Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on January 23, 2016.

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K-State’s Austin Budke is fouled by Oklahoma State’s Joe Burton at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 23, 2016.

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K-State’s Kamau Stokes pulls down a pass against Ole Miss at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kanas on January 30, 2016.

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K-State’s Carlbe Ervin competes for a loose ball against Ole Miss’ Sam Finley at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kanas on January 30, 2016.

-scott weaver

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the 2016 ksu wildcat invitational

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K-State’s Adam Deterding competes in the men’s high jump during the KSU Wildcat Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on January 9, 2016.

-scott weaver

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the 2016 DTC annual luncheon

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Kansas City, Missouri mayor Sly James speaks during the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon in Kansas City, Missouri on January 8, 2016.

Recently, I photographed the Downtown Council of Kansas City’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri. The DTC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the revitalization of Kansas City, Missouri’s downtown businesses.

-scott weaver

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walking in memphis with blue suede shoes

World famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee on December 26, 2015.

B.B. King’s Blues Club on world famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

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David Bowen performs at the King’s Palace Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Elvis Presley’s Shure 55 microphone inside Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, known as “The Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll.”

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The Lorraine Motel where MLK was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The ducks leave the fountain at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The front gates of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The TV Room of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Jungle Room of Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Gibson Les Paul guitars are displayed at the factory in Memphis, Tennessee.

Recently, Patty and I traveled to Tennessee to document the K-State football team’s trip to the Autozone Liberty Bowl to play Arkansas on January 2, 2016. We drove down early to Memphis and took two days walking around the “Home of the Blues.”

We dined at Corky’s Ribs and BBQ. Then, we spent six hours on world famous Beale Street wandering in and out of clubs and listening to some wonderful musicians.

The next morning, we visited the legendary Sun Studio. Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and U2, all have recorded albums in “The Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll.” We ate lunch at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, a Memphis institution. Afterwards, we toured The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. It was surreal to stand where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. We ended the day by going to the Peabody Hotel so we could see the ducks that swim in the lobby fountain.

We couldn’t leave Memphis without seeing Elvis Presley’s Graceland home. We took a self-guided tour through his mansion, his car collection and his two private planes. We stopped for lunch at Central BBQ to enjoy some great food. Finally, we visited the Gibson Guitar Factory to see the new Les Paul models in the showroom.

We joined the football team on day three. Together, we went to the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, watched the Miami Heat play the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum, and ate dinner at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous famous barbecue restaurant.

Memphis was amazing and we hope to return one day for more music and food.

-scott weaver

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