Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
July 2014

Summer + sunshine: living well with lupus
It's summertime -- one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Summer can be a time for livin' easy, rejuvenation and enjoying warmer weather and sunshine.

Yet, summertime is not so easy for people living with lupus. The combination of warmer weather and potential increased exposure to sunshine presents unique challenges. Many people with lupus have sun-sensitive skin or photosensitivity which can lead to unusual reactions to sunlight, including increased lupus activity such as fatigue, inflammation of the joints, a sense of burning or stinging on the skin and headaches. According to the American College of Rheumatology, "two-thirds of people with lupus have increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, either from sunlight or from artificial inside light, such as fluorescent light -- or both."

How can something as wonderful as sunlight potentially create such havoc for someone living with lupus?
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Interested in connecting to others impacted by lupus?
Join us at our Lupus Dinner Discussion from 6 - 7 p.m. on August 26 at the LFM offices. It's a great opportunity for those with lupus and their supporters to connect with others, discuss living well with lupus and learn more about programs and events at LFM. And we will have a few Coolibar (a local sun protection clothing company) products to give away at the gathering, including samples of sunscreen.

Mitra Maz, 2014 Summer Research Fellow

Emerging researchers share their work
Learn about cutting-edge research into diagnosing and treating lupus, as the 2014 Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Summer Research Fellows present the results of their work on July 31 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and August 25 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Presentations are free and open to the public.

Each of the six fellows provides an overview of his or her research project on our YouTube channel. Meet them and learn about their projects with the links below:

Join us in the fight against lupus, stride by stride
Join us for the 2014 Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run events. Consider running or walking, volunteering, purchasing a tribute sign to honor or memorialize someone with lupus, or contributing to support a particular participant or team. Sign up for events on September 13 in the Twin Cities, on September 27 in Rochester and October 4 in Duluth.

If you're not able to attend or sponsor, but still would like to contribute to LFM in some other way, please consider visiting our website and making a donation. Or explore other ways to help out.

Lupus News: Hot off the press
If you haven't yet seen our annual print edition of Lupus News, download a pdf copy. This year's issue features a profile of 2014 Lupus Ambassador Jan Jundt, updates on the latest in lupus research and information about ways to get involved with LFM.

Pepper in some fundraising with Chili's
Our friends at Chili's have named the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota as their Give Back Program partner through September! So, eat at Chili's (or do take-out), present this voucher and LFM receives 15 percent of your purchase. Valid at ALL Minnesota Chili's locations. Spread the word. Your eating out will help us in our work toward a world without lupus!

Tell us what you think
Help us improve our educational and supportive services. If you haven't already completed our confidential LFM Engagement Survey, please do so before August 30. The survey should take only a few minutes of your time, and your answers are critical to our decision making for future offerings and services. Thanks to the many who have already participated, either online or via mail.

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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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