February 2016
Serving Indiana
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Dear Friend,
February is a month to recommit to all we hold dear - it is also a month to refocus on health and wellness with its heart-healthy messaging and the promise of Spring around the corner.  Our LFA-Indiana Chapter hosted two special February programs with the successful February 10th 'Living with Lupus' educational seminar in Greenfield (over 40 attendees!) offering Chair Yoga and the upcoming "Giving is Always in Fashion" WORTH Trunk Show scheduled for February 26th at 4:30 pm in Carmel presented by board members Sharon Robinson Reed, Tonya Sullivan, and Mary Barnard (please contact Susan Perry at for more information).
We are also excited in February to announce four new members to our LFA-Indiana Board, all recently confirmed:  Amy Higdon, Marti Babb, Tony West and Jean LeRoux Guillen.  This strengthens board membership to 13 members presently. With greater participation we move forward to execute the objectives in our 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, which we invite you to become familiar with!  To view our Strategic Plan, please visit here. Our chapter thanks all who gave valuable input and feedback throughout last year's planning process --- you showed that you truly do have a heart for lupus!

Morgan E. McGill

Work it out: Lupus in the Workplace

After a lupus diagnosis, you have the right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ask your employer for "reasonable" accommodations. But just what does that entail? Learn more about where to start, how to find job security and more in this piece from Lupus Now® magazine.
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Upcoming Events
February 26, 2016
"Giving is Always in Fashion" WORTH Trunk Show
4:30 - 7:00 pm in Carmel 
Presented by board members Sharon Robinson Reed, Tonya Sullivan, and Mary Barnard 
Please contact Susan Perry at for more information

March 15, 2016
Crown Point Walk Kickoff Dinner
Avalon Manor
3550 US Highway 30
Merrillville, IN
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Reservations are Required
Cost $6.00
Call our office (317.225.4400 or 800
948.8806) to RSVP

April 20, 2016
'Living with Lupus' Seminar
Deaconess Hospital
Evansville, IN
6:00 - 8:15 pm
Registration will be available soon on our website

June 30, 2016 
A Tasteful Affair
Park Tudor School 
Clowes Commons   
7200 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
6:00-9:00 pm

May 14, 2016
Walk to End Lupus Now!
Lake County Fairgrounds
Crown Point, Indiana
Start time - Noon 
(Check in begins at 10:30 am)

October 1, 2016
Walk To End Lupus Now!
Historic Military Park at White River State Park
Start time - Noon
(Check in begins at 10:30 am)

Save The Date

Lupus Awareness Month
May 2016

World Lupus Day
May 10, 2016

Put on Purple Day
May 20, 2016

2016 LFA Annual Leadership Meeting, Indy
June 19-21, 2016
"Purple with a Purpose"
Youth Event
July 30, 2016

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We Want to Hear Your Story!

LFA-Indiana has joined with the Indiana Patient Access Coalition to support a new step therapy bill authored by Senator Michael Crider. Step therapy policies are on the rise by insurance companies and oftentimes fail to take into account a person's medical situation or history. Step therapy requires patients to take other potentially ineffective medications first before insurance pays for a physician's prescribed original prescription - resulting in delay that can sometimes deny quality patient care and the decision making of patients and physicians.
If you or a loved one has experienced this process, please let us know at

Grocery Shopping? 

LFA-IN now partners with Kroger in its Community Rewards program. Enroll by linking your Kroger plus card to the Lupus Foundation of America-Indiana Chapter at
A Tasteful Affair
Wish To Help with ATA, June 30, 2016?

Have something you personally or your company might be able to donate to our Silent Auction, Live Auction and Wine Pull?  We welcome your support in stocking our auction and raffle packages with some of the most exclusive items! 
Here's some items we are looking for:
  • Vacation Homes
  • Dining Gift Certificates
  • Entertainment and Sporting tickets
  • Airline miles
  • Artwork
  • Personal or Professional Services 
  • Jewelry 
  • Sports and Entertainment memorabilia
  • Wine, bottles must be 90 points rated or better
To donate an item for the silent auction, live auction or wine pull, contact Office Manager, Susan Perry, at or 317.225.4400 or 800.948.8806.


Early Treatment is Key to Minimize Infections in People with Lupus

For some time, we have known that people with lupus are at increased risk for many different kinds of infections. A new study looked specifically to see if the rates of hospitalization for serious infections have increased over recent years among people with lupus and compared the changes to the rates of hospitalization in people without lupus. This is the first study to look at such a comparison

Next 'Living with Lupus' Seminar ~ Evansville

Hold the date for an upcoming ' Living with Lupus' seminar in Evansville! In partnership with Deaconess Hospital, we will be offering the seminar at Deaconess Hospital Health Sciences Building, Johnson Hall, 600 Edgar St. in Evansville. The seminar will be held on Wed, April 20th, 6:00-8:15 pm. Check-in is from 5:30-6:00 pm and light snacks will be available.
More than 90% of people with lupus will experience joint and/or muscle pain related to their lupus.  Dr. Mujtaba Tapal (Rheumatologist) will be discussing managing chronic pain associated with lupus.
There will be a combination yoga/tai chi session led by Kathy Uebelhor, registered yoga teacher, and John Hufstedler, certified tai chi instructor.  Don't let the word 'yoga' scare you! This will be a seated and chair-supported session that all attendees should be able to participate in, regardless of their level of mobility.
Registration is required and there is a $10 registration fee. However, the registration fee will be refunded at check-in.  Registration will be available soon on website at
All lupus patients, caregivers, family, friends, and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the disease of lupus are invited to attend.
Discover Your Power ~ 2016 Walk Information
When you take part in one of our 2016 Walk to End Lupus Now events, you experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Register to walk or run and unleash your power by raising funds for lupus research and education programs, while increasing awareness and public support in your community.

End Lupus Now 5K Chip-Timed Run in Crown Point

We are hosting an End Lupus Now 5K chip-timed run in Crown Point on May 14th at 9:00 am at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Go to and in the box for "Find a Race" type "End Lupus Now" to register --act quick, fee increases in March! Register to run and start fundraising! Questions? Email to 
Registration is required.

You are important to our success.  Our new mobile-friendly registration website launched!
March 15 - Crown Point Walk Kick-Off Dinner
Register Now! For more information email

May 14 - Crown Point Walk, noon
Lake County Fairgrounds
October 1 - Indianapolis Walk, noon
Historic Military Park at White River State Park

*Attending the Kick Off meeting is a great way to meet other team captains and supporters, pick up Walk materials, learn new ways to personalize your fundraising page, and win door prizes. Hope to see you on the 15th!
Self-Advocacy and Lupus
Lupus: Ask the Experts
A series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home. Live teleconferences last one hour and are accessible via a toll-free number. Calls will also be recorded and posted online.
Registration is required.
Affairs of the Heart: Lupus & Relationships
Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm CST
Presenter: Molly Dennis, MSW
Lupus and the Kidneys
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm CST
Presenter: Dr. Michael P. Madaio, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
For a full list of topic descriptions for upcoming teleconferences or to register for one or more teleconferences, click on the link below.

Support Group Updates

Two New Support Groups in Kokomo and South Bend

We are very excited to offer two new 'Living with Lupus' support groups in Kokomo and South Bend!
The South Bend support group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 137 E. Indiana Ave (enter door on east side of the building). The first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 24th.
The Kokomo support group will meet on the first Saturday of each month from 3:00-4:30 pm at St. Vincent Kokomo, 1907 W. Sycamore St., Conference Room A&B (in basement). The first meeting will be on Saturday, March 5.
Attendees will receive a welcome packet at the first meeting with  resources and information.
Our chapter is fortunate to have LFA professionally-trained volunteers to facilitate our support group meetings.  Click here  to see all Indiana locations and details about each group.
 Together, We Will Get There

With your help, LFA raised millions of dollars last year to help people living with lupus. We are so excited to share what your generosity helped us accomplish in our 2014-2015 Annual Report, which you can view by clicking the link below.


LFA, Indiana Chapter Specialty License Plate

We are collecting signatures to submit to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to request a LFA, Indiana Chapter specialty license plate. The petition requires a minimum of 500 signatures of Indiana residents with a drivers license who pledge to purchase the specialty license plate. It is $40 to purchase a specialty license plate and our Chapter would receive $25 for each specialty plate purchased.  According to the BMV, this may be tax deductible but you should check with your tax advisor. 
If you would be willing to help us in meeting our goal to collect 500 signatures by April 1, 2016 so that LFA, Indiana Chapter specialty plates are available for purchase in 2017:
  1. Download the petition
  2. Collect signatures from your family and friends who would be willing to pledge to order a speciality license plate. Even if you're the only name on the petition, that's okay - that's one more signature towards our goal!
  3. Mail petition to our office at 9302 N. Meridian St., Suite 203, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Cultivating a support system of friends and family can improve your overall health and well-being. Identifying people in your life who can be reliable sources of support and comfort will ensure that there will always be someone to turn to when you need help. Learn more. 

If you're shopping online, don't forget that a portion of your purchase will benefit LFA Indiana Chapter when you shop using the link below:

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Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter | 800.948.8806 | |
9302 N. Meridian St., Ste. 203
Indianapolis, IN 46260