Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
March 2015
Living with lupus from adolescence to adulthood
Turning childhood experiences into a career
Dr. Kiana Johnson

Being a youth can be challenging, let alone a youth living with lupus. Meet Dr. Kiana Johnson, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota, who has been living with lupus since she was 12 years old. 


Those years of experience have shaped Kiana's career and inspired her to help others through different avenues, including the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM). On April 8, Kiana will co-facilitate the  Living Well with Lupus as a Youth Seminar, where she will provide invaluable insights to youth and parents about living with lupus and how to successfully navigate the pediatric to adult health care system.

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Who needs world records when you've got a Sludgeathon?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest consecutive time on the radio is 198 hours, held by a gentleman from the Netherlands.

Although impressive, we're more impressed by Cory Cove's annual 24 hours on the radio. His annual feat has raised over $154,000 for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) over the past seven years.

Cory, one-third of KFAN 100.3 FM's Power Trip Morning Show, will once again take to the air on Friday, May 8 at noon and will not depart until the same time the next day. His on-air efforts are accompanied by an online silent auction, opportunities to donate, and visits from dozens of radio, sports and celebrity guests, all supporting lupus awareness and fundraising.

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Cory Cove's annual Sludgeathon is May 8-9.
The more the merrier at the annual Lupus Food and Wine Classic

 More and more LFM supporters are bringing groups to our annual fundraising event, the Lupus Food and Wine Classic, happening May 4. And we love to see that! Gather your group of four or 10 or more and the per-person ticket price drops. Plus you'll have a dedicated place at the event to gather. What's better than a group of friends or family enjoying food, wine and fundraising?


Reserve your tables or tickets today. Don't miss out.


Whether or not you're able to join us, you can support LFM through this fifth annual event in more ways:

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

Olympic and National Champion curlers support LFM through annual bonspiel
"Curling is one of the very unique sports," says U.S. National Champion Rich Ruohonen, "where you can play on the ice with someone who's been to the World Championships ... you don't get to go shoot baskets with LeBron James."

Rich is one of a couple dozen professional curlers who are fully behind a second annual fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, Lupus 'Spiel USA. The 'spiel - short for "bonspiel," a tournament in the curling world - is giving amateur curlers the chance to partner with these Olympians and World Champions the weekend of May 1 at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine.

Recently, a few celebrity skips and amateur curlers took to camera to tell us a little more about the event and why they're involved.

Todd Birr
Todd Birr
'07 World Bronze Medalist 
Rich Ruohonen
Rich Ruohonen
'08 World Men's Champion
Maureen Stolt
Maureen Stolt
'15 U.S. National Champion
Peter Stolt
Peter Stolt
'14 U.S. National Champion
See more videos on our YouTube channel. And consider joining Lupus 'Spiel as a curler or spectator.
Have you considered vehicle donation?
Do you want to avoid the headache of selling your vehicle, keep from paying large vehicle repair bills, turn wasted space into a tax deduction, and help support efforts to find a cure for lupus? The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) has the answer for you:  Donate your vehicle to LFM today! 

LFM welcomes cars, trucks, boats, and in most cases, jet skis, ATVs, motorcycles, and even snowmobiles in almost any condition!

As a nonprofit classified with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your gift to LFM is tax deductible.

Once you are ready to donate, contact the LFM office and we'll work with you to provide details regarding next steps, including how to arrange for pick up of the vehicle.
Upcoming Events (click the links for more information and registration)
March 19
Nutritional choices can greatly affect the management of lupus and other chronic conditions and everyday life. This seminar will focus on the importance of good nutrition and strategies to better manage inflammation.

March 23 or April 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.

March 26
LFM's Director of Education Sandy Parnell, MSW, in cooperation with three co-presenters, will conduct a workshop at the Minnesota Social Service Association's (MSSA) 122nd Annual Training Conference & Expo.

April 15
Are you interested in facilitating an educational support group for people living with lupus? Our groups are designed to build connections, provide support and information, and promote health and wellness.

Keep an eye out for a special email in April featuring upcoming fundraisers, programs, and events in May for Lupus Awareness Month!

Save the Dates!
Mark your calendars for this year's Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events. 

Twin Cities - Saturday, September 19
Rochester - Saturday, September 26
Duluth - Saturday, October 3

Watch Lupus News and the LFM website for more information.

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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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