Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
January 2015


Survey results help LFM plan future programming
In July 2014, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) conducted a survey to obtain feedback on how LFM may improve its education and supportive services. The participants' responses punctuated what LFM does well, which areas to improve upon, ideas for future programming, and suggestions on how to raise awareness about lupus. 

Respondents generated a myriad of ideas for future lupus-related educational topics ranging from pain management and progression of the disease to fatigue management and coping strategies.

Through this survey, LFM gathered critical information about its current education and supportive services. The input from participants provides an animated map for designing and implementing future LFM programming.

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Congratulations to 2015 lupus research grant recipients
As we continue to work toward our vision of a world without lupus, we are proud to present our clinical research grant recipients for 2015. Totaling over $100,000, these grants have been awarded to three Minnesota-based researchers. Grantees and their project titles are listed at the right.

Each year, the LFM Investment Committee approves award amounts and the Research Committee reviews and ranks grant applications. These funding recommendations are then presented to the Board of Directors for approval.

To learn more about each grant recipient's research project, click below.
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Timothy Niewold, M.D. (left)
Mayo Clinic
ILT7 in Human Lupus

Emily Gillespie, Ph.D. (center)
University of Minnesota
Single-Cell Profiling of Endothelial Progenitor in SLE

Daniel Mueller, M.D. (right)
University of Minnesota
Adenosine Modulation of Autoimmune Arthritis
2014 Lupus Ambassador Jan Jundt at the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run.
LFM seeks 2015 Lupus Ambassador
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is searching for its next Lupus Ambassador for 2015. This volunteer position serves a vital role to the Foundation by providing a "face" and "voice" to lupus, particularly when it comes to LFM fundraisers, such as the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events. Not only does this opportunity connect you with others to help raise awareness of lupus and LFM, but it's also a rewarding experience for you, too. Jan Jundt, LFM's 2014 Lupus Ambassador, said, "This has been a wonderful experience; so many people have touched my heart and enriched my life."

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or wishes to be considered for this role, please complete the volunteer application and return it to LFM by February 1, along with a brief statement about why you'd be a good Lupus Ambassador.
Introducing Erica Winegar, Communications and Administration Coordinator
We are pleased to announce that Erica Winegar has joined our staff at the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) in the role of Communications and Administration Coordinator.

Erica comes to LFM after nearly three years of public media experience at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). She most recently served as the Senior Communications Coordinator for TPT's Minnesota Productions and Partnerships division. There, she worked with a variety of Minnesota nonprofits, education, government, and public service organizations and led the marketing and communication strategies for each of TPT's partnership projects.

When she's not working at LFM, Erica spends time volunteering as a board member with both the Friends of the Eden Prairie Library and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities.
Erica Winegar, LFM Communications and Administration Coordinator

Announcing LFM scholarship opportunity for youth to attend summer camp
Summer camp can be a rite of passage for many youth. For kids living with lupus, the experience is no different. Camps that uniquely accommodate the special needs of those with chronic illnesses are better able to provide opportunities for campers to meet other people with similar experiences, learn about living well with the disease, boost self-confidence, and have fun engaging in camp activities, such as campfires, s'mores, and sing-alongs.

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is pleased to provide scholarships for youth living with lupus to attend such a summer camp at either Camp Sunshine or Camp Cambria. 
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Upcoming Events (click the links for more information and registration)
Tuesdays, beginning January 13 or February 24
Join certified fitness trainer Regan Mizuno for a five-week class to strengthen the muscles that support your joints without creating pressure points of intense impact. All exercise can be done from a chair, if needed, and the intensity level can be varied.

January 20
Individuals living with lupus are invited to join professional organizer Kimberly Dahline to learn skills to better advocate for ourselves, manage provider communications, and organize information, all of which are vital to managing our health.

January 21
Happening in Duluth, Dr. Jocelyn Zentz-Strand, a specialist in naturopathic medicine, will discuss current research and effective nutritional therapies for treating autoimmune diseases, like lupus. The discussion will include several easy changes that can be made to support immune system health.

January 21
Join St. Catherine University assistant professor Brenda Frie, MA, OTR/L, for a webinar on fatigue management. Attend to learn the impact of lupus on fatigue levels, identify treatable causes of secondary fatigue, and analyze the evidence supporting fatigue management strategies.

February 25
Acupuncturist Amy Schroeder will provide a free acupuncture session to reduce the pain and inflammation you may experience living with lupus. 

May 4
Join us for this annual fundraiser over at our new location, the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place in St. Louis Park. Enjoy some of the Twin Cities' best culinary delights and regional/state wine tasting. Sip and nibble while taking in live entertainment and shopping the silent auction and wine wall. 

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Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
The Atrium Suite 135
2626 East 82nd Street
Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 952-746-5151
Toll-Free: 1-800-645-1131
Email: info@lupusmn.org
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