Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
September 2015
Showcasing six degrees of Diane
One volunteer demonstrates multiple ways to support the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run
Often linked to actor Kevin Bacon, the "six degrees of separation" is a social concept that links any two people on Earth via shared acquaintances. Well, former Lupus Ambassador Diane Zimmerman is connected to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) and the upcoming Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run like no other.

In fact, she has her own six degrees of connection, which also demonstrate the various ways YOU can get involved.
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Diane with "Z's Team" at the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Trail Run - Twin Cities
Drop off your gently used clothing and household goods on your way to Walk or Run for Hope!
Clothing and household goods drive coming to Plymouth and Rochester
In conjunction with the annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events in Plymouth and Rochester, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) will host Donation Drop-Off Events in both cities.

Bring your gently used clothing and small household goods to LFM's Donation Drop-Off Event in Plymouth (French Regional Park) and Rochester (Essex Park) on September 19 and 26, respectively.

Your in-kind, tax-deductible gifts will support both LFM and our nonprofit partner, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. Receipts will be provided by LFM.

With over 15 years of experience in collecting in-kind donations, LFM ensures your contributions will make a powerful difference in the lives of those with lupus.

These events are open to the public, not just Walk/5K participants.

For more information, visit the Donation Drop-Off Event pages for  Plymouth and Rochester on the LFM website.

Ask a Doctor
Q: What is the relationship between gut microbes and lupus?
-Sarah, St. Peter
There is growing evidence that the bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract (the gut microbiome) can influence our health. Recent advances in technology have helped us realize that we are colonized with trillions of bacteria in the gut, on the skin, and oral mucosa. Studies in rats have suggested that changes within this internal environment can be associated with autoimmunity. This has particularly shown to be associated with certain types of autoimmune disease, such as experimental autoimmune encephalitis, which is similar to multiple sclerosis. It has also been shown to be a possible factor in inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. The association with lupus and the gut microbiome is less clear but may also influence onset and severity or flares. Ongoing research to delineate this is currently underway.
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"Ask a Doctor" is a new educational feature that provides people opportunities to ask lupus health-related questions and have rheumatologists from around the region provide responses. 

Gain insight, hope, and confidence at free September workplace rights seminar
Living with a chronic illness can be challenging, but more so when it comes to employment. Imagine if your employer thought you couldn't work anymore, or you could no longer work but are denied benefits.

Meet Pat Shauer, an individual living with lupus, who navigated the employment system alone. Learn about the stresses she encountered when trying to access benefits and the resource that ultimately gave her the hope and confidence she needed "that assistance was only a phone call away."
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2016 lupus clinical research grant applications being accepted
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) works daily toward realizing its vision of a world without lupus. One major way LFM contributes to this effort is through the support of lupus clinical research that seeks to find a cure and more effective treatments for people living with lupus.
Applications are now being accepted for a limited number of grants. The application, instructions and further information are available online . Application deadline is 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3.

Support comes in many forms and from all corners of the state
Friends of LFM raise funds through their work and passions
The generosity and creativity of Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) supporters never ceases to surprise and wow! Here are a few highlights of what our friends did in their workplaces, clubs and even homes to support our work to raise awareness and funds. 
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Lupus and LFM in the news
One of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota's 2015 Lupus Ambassadors was recently featured in The Woodbury Bulletin . Ashley Albertson, a Woodbury resident, met with reporter Amber Kispert-Smith to share her lupus story and explain why raising awareness is an important priority to her. Click here to read the story.
Additionally, a lupus primer written by Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) President Jennifer Monroe and LFM-funded researcher Dr. Timothy Niewold, is now available to read in the September issue of Minnesota Health Care News. The story starts on page 30.
Ashley and her fiancé Justin at 2013's Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Trail Run - Twin Cities
Upcoming events  (click the links for more information and registration)

September 30
LFM-funded researcher Dr. Daniel Mueller will talk about his study involving T- and B-cell interactions. When these cells collaborate for the production of autoantibodies, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other chronic arthritic diseases can result.
October 7
Low energy is a universal symptom of living with lupus and other chronic conditions, and it can significantly impact daily activities. Join certified Alexander Technique instructor Erin Thompson as she focuses on ways to increase energy, vitality, and mobility by improving postural alignment for increased lung capacity and joint freedom in daily activities.
October 10
LFM is proud to be a charity partner of the Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) at this annual event. Enjoy 60,000 square feet of comic book action and support LFM!
October 13
Regan MOVES is an exercise program designed to help people living with lupus and other chronic conditions reduce joint pain, increase energy, and regain freedom of movement while exercising. 
October 15 or October 16
During this unique six-week, online program, gain an understanding of the physiology of stress and pain, and develop an individual plan that includes behavioral, physical, spiritual, and social strategies to reduce lupus symptoms.
October 24
JUMP in the Leaves for a Good Cause! Hidden Greens Golf Course in Hastings has hundreds of trees which produce enough collected leaves to create 12-foot high piles to jump in! So, come out and jump in. Lots of other family activities too!
November 4
Dr. Mona Riskalla will discuss the unique aspects of being a youth living with lupus, including symptoms, medications, and general strategies to better manage the disease such as nutrition, exercise, and the use of supplements.
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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
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