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SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Psoriasis is reportedly the most prevalent autoimmune illness in the U.S. and the National Psoriasis Foundation is leading the charge to find a cure for the skin disease.

The organization is holding “Walk to Cure Psoriasis” Saturday, May 4, at the Santa Monica Pier.

Dr. Gene Rubinstein and Miss California USA 2013 Mabelynn Capeluj visited KCAL9 News Sunday morning to talk more about the disease and the walk.

According to current studies, as many as 7.5 million Americans — approximately 2.2 percent of the population — have psoriasis.

Capeluj said she overcame psoriasis and self-confidence issues to succeed in the pageant world. She said she hopes her story inspires others who are also struggling with psoriasis.

For more information about the Walk To Cure Psoriasis click here. Visit the National Psoriasis Foundation for more information about the disease and treatments.

 

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