Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
September 2016
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
Inspiration from the next generation of lupus researchers
Tharan Leopold, President
Two months ago I was writing to you about how fast time seems to move, especially during the summer months. As I was driving through the University of Minnesota campus, I saw a sign labeled "orientation" and it swiftly reminded me that fall is around the corner. The months do indeed go fast!

In our July newsletter , I mentioned that the students selected to participate in the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) Student Summer Fellowship Program had begun their research projects. In case you do not know, the... 
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Members of Wilson's Wine Rats rallied to support team captain and 2016 Lupus Ambassador Katie Wilson with lupus awareness and fundraising efforts at last year's Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Trail Run-Twin Cities.
Networking to reach a greater awareness of lupus
Your participation makes the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Runs a reality
Each year, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) staff always enjoys seeing the messages of support people include when they contribute to the Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run events , whether they're donating on top of their participation as a walker or runner, or if the gifts are coming from people who are unable to attend.
 
The reality is our Walk/5K events aren't possible without you. Because of the connections you have in the community and the influence you have with friends, family members, co-workers and beyond, your participation is the key to making these fundraisers successful. Not only do YOU create greater awareness of lupus, but YOU also raise money to support research that is seeking the cause and cure for the disease. And YOU help provide direct support to those whose lives are touched by lupus right here, right now.
 
Help us further the impact of these fundraisers
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Duluth shines a light on lupus
The City of Duluth and Mayor Emily Larson have proclaimed October 15 as "Lupus Awareness Day" in the city on the Lake Superior shore. The proclamation coincides with the sixth annual Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run-Duluth , and further amplifying awareness, Enger Tower, a five-story beacon atop the Duluth skyline, will be aglow in lupus purple the night before the event.
 
What a grand show of support from the city! 

Enger Tower will be aglow in lupus purple Friday, October 14.


ASK A DOCTOR:
Understanding oral symptoms related to lupus
Q: How is oral health impacted by lupus?
- Michael, Owatonna

AIn general, the oral symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are related to the severity of systemic problems. As in many rheumatologic disorders, like SLE, drug considerations and adverse drug effects in the oral cavity can also be of major importance.
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Investigators invited to apply for 2017 lupus clinical research grants
In an effort to get one step closer to realizing its vision of "a world without lupus," the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) provides funding for clinical research grants in the hopes of one day finding a cure and more effective treatments for people living with lupus.
 
Applications are now being accepted. The application, instructions and further information are available online . The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, November 1.


Student Summer Fellowship applications available now
Applications are now being accepted for our 2017 Student Research Fellowship. For more information and to download the application, visit the Student Research Fellowships page on the LFM website. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, November 1. Note this deadline is earlier than previous years, in an effort to award fellowships earlier for students' planning.
Marathoners, we have an entry for you
Looking to run with the Twin Cities Marathon? Do it for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM)!  As a charity partner of this year's Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, which is almost sold out, LFM offers you full entry for the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America. Happening Sunday, October 9, entry includes all race amenities, and a tax-deductible gift to LFM. Are you up for the challenge? Contact LFM today, as registration closes on Friday, to make your donation for your registration code; spots are limited. 



LFM to present at Many Faces of Community Health Conference on November 4
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota's Director of Education Sandy Parnell will present a workshop at the Many Faces of Community Health Conference.  Her presentation, "You Don't Look Sick: Strategies for Managing Life with Lupus, " will provide an overview of lupus, updates about current research, key strategies to managing lupus and other autoimmune disease holistically, and information on how to be one's own health care advocate.

The two-day conference is a joint effort of the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and brings information and resources on chronic disease prevention and care, public policy and health innovations to Minnesota's health care community.
JUMP in the leaves for a good cause!
Leaf for Lupus returns to Hidden Greens Golf Course on October 22
Fall is just around the corner, which means it's also nearly time for Leaf for Lupus ! Hosted by Kristie Bauer, her family, and Hidden Greens Golf Course, the event has raised over $35,000 for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota in its seven-years existence. The golf course's hundreds of trees produce enough leaves to create 12-foot-high piles, perfect for jumping and playing no matter your age. So venture out to Hastings on Saturday, October 22 to jump in the leaves and enjoy a hayride, crazy hair, face painting, cookie decorating, silent auction and a staged photo booth. Admission is $5 per person. 
Children jump in 12-foot high leaf piles at last year's Leaf for Lupus event.

Beer pairings dinner returns
Chef Matthew Lepisto and Lead Brewer Aaron Herman from Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis are back at it, crafting a delightful fundraiser. The second annual Hops for Hope Beer Pairings Dinner is slated for Friday, November 4, at the downtown Minneapolis brewpub. This isn't your standard brewpub fare, but a kicked-up and love-infused, four-course menu, specially crafted for LFM. A limited number of seats are available for this exclusive and intimate dinner. Check out the pairings and grab your tickets before they are gone.
Upcoming events  (click the links for more information and registration)
Beginning October 1, individuals living with lupus and other autoimmune disease in Mankato are invited to attend a new Educational Support Group. This new group will meet the first Saturday of every month. Learn more about LFM's Educational Support Groups on our website, and consider joining one in your area today.



September 19
Although joint pain is a common symptom for people living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases, there are simple ways to protect the joints and improve daily functioning. During this seminar, Brenda Frie will discuss joint anatomy, body mechanics, and joint protection tips to decrease pain, fatigue, and inflammation.
 
September 29
When living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases, taking multiple medications correctly can be challenging. Learn what you need to know about medications and who to reach out to for assistance in this free seminar with Jennifer Chen, Pharm.D.

November 30
As those living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases know, the disease can present challenges beyond those that are physical. Learn more about these emotional and social challenges - grief, loss, relationships - and take away some strategies to better manage in everyday life. Dr. Courtney Wells presents this free webinar.

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