SPRING forward with these opportunities and involvements with LFM.
Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
March 2016
From the Desk of the President: 
Focusing on staff and volunteer appreciation
by Tharan W. Leopold, LFM President

Nothing makes a non-profit organization tick more than a dedicated board, hard-working volunteers, and a sharply-focused staff. I feel fortunate and honored to be working at an organization where all those elements are in full-force. 

This Friday, March 4, is  National Employee Appreciation Day. Held on the first Friday in March, it was a day established to celebrate the accomplishments and efforts of employees across the nation. And coming up in April is  National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), an opportunity for individuals to engage and be engaged in their communities through volunteer efforts. 

I mention these dates not to give you an arsenal of trivia facts, but because...
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Interest high, competition fierce for student summer fellowships
LFM is pleased to announce that we received 19 applications for the 2016 Student Summer Fellowship Program. The candidates represent a diverse group of students from nine different academic institutions, located in seven different states.
The application process includes submitting an application, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Final submissions are reviewed by LFM's Research Committee, and this year they will recommend up to five candidates to LFM's Board of Directors for final approval.
Fellows will be announced in the May issue of Lupus News. Along with names of the recipients, a description for each of their research projects will also be included. At the completion of their fellowship in August, the students will present their research to the public at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. 

Since 1981, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) has provided college-aged students with the unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. The goal of the program is to inspire a new generation of researchers committed to improved detection, treatment and a cure.
Tune in on-air or online for this year's Sludgeathon on April 8-9
Spring is coming...and so is the Sludgeathon
For the ninth consecutive year, a faithful contributor to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota will flip on the "on air" switch, start broadcasting, and not finish for 24 straight hours.

The dedicated guy is Cory Cove, host of KFAN 100.3 FM's Power Trip Morning Show. He calls the event the Sludgeathon - a name leftover from the days when his nickname at the station was "Sludge."

This year, the switch gets tripped on Friday, April 8, and Cory will be shooting for a new fundraising record ... something that has been done year after year, raising over $63,000 in 2015. His goal will be aided by an online silent auction full of experiential items you can't buy elsewhere; promotions and incentives; and visitors including other iHeartMedia personalities, sports stars and local celebrities.

Be sure to tune in on your radio or on the free iHeart radio app. In the meantime, if you or your company want to be involved, corporate sponsorship opportunities are available, providing a significant promotional return on this top Twin Cities station.

Ask a Doctor
Q: Why are African-American women three times more likely to get lupus than white women, and why do African-American women tend to develop lupus at a younger age and have more severe symptoms than white women?
- Joleen, Sauk Rapids
We don't fully know the answers to these questions yet, but researchers are working hard to discover them. They believe that the answers will go beyond race, and they hope they will reveal modifiable risk factors; that is, factors that patients and/or their caregivers could potentially take action to change. These could be keys to reducing such disparities.
One likely culprit is genetics. There are many genetic factors that can put individuals at a greater risk of developing lupus. It's possible that some genetic risk factors are specific to African-Americans and might put individuals at risk for a more severe form of lupus. However, genetic factors can't completely explain the increase in lupus incidence and severity ... 
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Get "LUPed In" at a happy hour event to benefit LFM
Enjoy an evening of inspiration, prizes, and more at The Freehouse in Minneapolis starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. This happy hour, hosted by LFM supporter Dr. Andy Risvold from Well Adjusted Minneapolis, will provide North Loop neighborhood residents and the general public an opportunity to get "LUPed In;" learn about lupus through the inspiring story of Lupus Ambassador Chris Cronick, and get an introduction to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) featuring LFM president Tharan Leopold. 

You're invited to our Sixth Annual Lupus Food, Wine & Brew Classic!
Get involved in this event commemorating LFM's 40th Anniversary
It's food. It's wine. It's beer (new this year!). Join LFM as we kick off our 40th anniversary celebration at our Sixth Annual Lupus Food, Wine and Brew Classic on May 5 at The Great Hall in St. Paul. LFM supporters are invited to this annual fundraising event for a night to enjoy local food, wine and craft beer, all in an effort to further support our mission and continue to help those impacted by lupus.
Here are some ways you can get involved:

For other involvements or questions about the event, call the LFM office at 952-746-5151 or send us an email.

LFM is now on AmazonSmile
Online shopping just got even better: LFM is now on AmazonSmile. When you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. Bookmark the link ( https://goo.gl/HjaxoT) and support us every time you shop.

Save the dates!
Mark your calendars for this year's Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events.
Twin Cities - Saturday, September 17
Rochester - Saturday, September 24
Duluth - Saturday, October 15
Watch Lupus News and the LFM website for more information.

Upcoming events  (click the links for more information and registration)

Starting this May, individuals living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases can begin meeting on a monthly basis in Rochester (Saturday, May 7) and White Bear Lake (Monday, May 9). Learn more about these and other LFM Educational Support Groups on our website, and consider joining one in your area today.
March 4
Join LFM at Summit Academy in North Minneapolis for a free community health fair to access valuable information on health and wellness. Stop by our information table to learn about lupus and hear about our upcoming programs and events.
March 7
Gain a deeper understanding of how naturopathic medicine and the use of diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep can help reduce lupus flares and other autoimmune disease symptoms with Kristin Becker, ND.
March 16
Join acupuncturist Amy Schroeder for a free acupuncture session to reduce the pain and inflammation you may experience living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
March 22
If you're living with an autoimmune disease such as lupus, join certified fitness trainer Regan Birr for a low-torque strength, low-impact cardio interval workout to help strengthen the muscles that support joints, increase energy, and decrease pain and inflammation.
March 28
In this webinar presented by Karen Bastianelli, Pharm.D., learn how to make the most of your medications and how to use your pharmacist as a resource to help navigate the changing world of medicines, health care, and self care.
April 6
Join Todd Ferguson, ND, for a seminar about naturopathic medicine to learn how the use of diet, nutrition, botanical medicine, and supplements can reduce fatigue, inflammation, and other autoimmune disease symptoms.

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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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