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April 2014


Serving Indiana


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Upcoming Events

Busy Months Ahead!

May 9, 2014

Lupus Awareness Day/Put On Purple Day  

Indiana Government Center Plaza/Indianapolis  
For more information,             click here.

May 10, 2014

"Living with Lupus"       Symposium

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The Marott

Register Today 

May 17, 2014

 Crown Point Walk to      End Lupus Now
 Lake County    Fairgrounds 

June 7, 2014

Purple for a Purpose Event for Children & Teens Impacted by Lupus 

June 7, 2014
"Living With Lupus"           Symposium
Richmond, IN 
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
at Lingle HallReid               Hospital & Health Care           Services.


June 26, 2014


A Tasteful Affair

Join us for this evening of delicious food, beverages and live auction!

Register Today

September 27, 2014 


Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Now

Fort Harrison State Park 

Register Today 


 Next month is Lupus Awareness Month, which means we are going to have many opportunities to raise awareness for lupus in our community. 


It all kicks off with the FREE Put On Purple event in downtown Indianapolis on May 9. Join the festivities and show your support for lupus patients and your commitment to solving the mystery of lupus by wearing purple and enjoying music, the Lupus interactive tour bus, and food vendors. 


Then on May 10, Indianapolis will also be hosting a 'Living With Lupus' Symposium, complete with some exciting guest speakers including Elizabeth Le, M.D. (IU Health Physicians Rheumatology), Dr. Kathleen O'Neil (Rheumatogist, Riley Children's Hospital), Judy Schaff, M.S. (Clinical Psychologist), and Sara Gorman (Author). 


One of our most important events of the year is also happening in May;  The Crown Point Walk to End Lupus Now on May 17. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and we are so excited to see all of the familiar faces and meet new members of our community. 


There is so much to look forward to in the coming weeks, and I sincerely hope you can all participate in these informative and fun events we have planned for you! 

Jan Ferris Signature  

Register TODAY! Crown Point Walk to End Lupus Now

Calling all team captains, walk teams and supporters - we need you to register and submit your pledges asap for The Walk to End Lupus Now! Our goal: Increase lupus awareness and to raise critically needed funds for local support services and vital research for a cure.

This event is a half day of fun, food, and friendship with activities for the whole family to enjoy, all to celebrate our participants' hard work in fundraising!

Walkers can stroll the 1 mile route or walk the 5K (3 mile) route through the beautiful Lake County Fairgrounds. We encourage all participants to show their lupus 'flare' at the walk--wear purple, a team shirt, or accessorize!


Register your walk team today and start helping raise awareness and funds for lupus by clicking here.  


Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Adds 5K Competitive Run!


Heartland Endurance Sports has partnered with the Walk to End Lupus Now™ event to bring you a USA Track and Field sanctioned, chip-timed, 5K competitive run and a 2.5K youth race as part of the event. Bring the family for a great 9 a.m. race then stay for the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now™ at 11 a.m., with food and festivities afterwards!


Register early!  We are limiting the field on the 5k race this year to the first 1000 entries! Click here to register for the 5K and for more information click here


If you have any questions regarding the 5K Run, please do not hesitate to email us at tj@coachtj.com.


For additional information, call 800.948.8806


New Support Group Begins in May!
The LFA Indiana Chapter is happy to announce a new support group in Anderson. WIth so many people living with lupus and caring for loved ones afflicted with this disease, we understand the importance of reaching as many communities as possible. 

The new "Living With Lupus" support group will meet at St. John's Medical Center (2015 Jackson St., Anderson, IN in cafeteria room #1) on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 to noon. This support group will be facilitated by Ruth Lawson.

For more information about this and our other support groups throughout Indiana, please visit our website or 'Like' us on Facebook.

If You Were Face-to-Face With Lupus, What Would You Say?


This is your chance. This May, grab your camera, phone, tablet or computer and share your story. Whether you are living with lupus, caring for patients, researching a cure or know someone with the disease, it touches everyone.  
Share how lupus has impacted your life and how you persevere in the face of the everyday struggles and challenges of lupus. Click here to learn more and submit your video!

D.C. Walk Gets Star Boost!

Children With Lupus

Share Your Story!

Nick Cannon to Lead Walk in Capitol

Pennsylvania Avenue is transformed into a stream of purple, the color lupus advocates associate with this debilitating, poorly understood disease. 


A new study supported by the Lupus Foundation of America offers clinicians and researchers a new way to better understand how various treatments may impact the quality of life of children and adolescents living with lupus.


How Does Lupus Affect You ? 

Send us your story (400 words) or a link to your YouTube video (three minutes)




Your Donation Does Make a Difference

The Indiana Chapter office is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, we strive to serve lupus patients, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals across the state. Your support will help to make this possible. Thank You!

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Just like everyone else, people with lupus need to exercise regularly or engage in some kind of movement, and most people with lupus can take part in some form of activity. All exercise plans should be discussed with your physician or exercise specialist in order to maximize results and minimize possible harm. Activities such as walking, swimming, bicycling, low-impact aerobics, certain types of yoga, Pilates, stretching, or using an elliptical exercise machine will strengthen your bones and tone your muscles without aggravating inflamed joints, while also helping to lower the risk for developing osteoporosis. It's also a good idea to vary the exercises, so that different muscle groups all get a regular workout.