eChronicleNovember 2014
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Junior Board Kick-off
Holiday Dreams Dinner Dance
Lupus Study Opportunity
Carson's Community Days
Ask Dr. Katz
Lupus Study Opportunity
Help Us Save Lives!
LRI National Coalition
Educational Opportunities
Quick Links
Upcoming Events

November 14-15
Carson's Community Days

November 17
Lagunita's Brewery Fundraising Event

December 13
Holiday Dreams: Cure for Lupus Dinner Dance

Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar

March 14
Northwestern Suburbs Educational Coffee
Junior Board Kick Off Event
LSI's new Junior Board is hosting a kick-off fundraiser on Monday November 17th at Lagunitas Brewery in Chicago.

Tickets are $25 and include
2 free beer tokens and food!

Entertainment includes a live DJ and awesome RAFFLE PRIZES!

Must be 21 years or older.  Find out more and purchase tickets here.
Holiday Dreams Cure for Lupus Dinner Dance
The South Side Lupus Organization is hosting its annual Dinner Dance benefiting the Lupus Society of Illinois on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Tickets are $75.

Enjoy an evening of dancing, entertainment, prizes and dinner with family, friends and lupus supporters. 

Find out more and purchase tickets here.
Dear Potential Study Subject:

We are conducting a study to better understand health care received by patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus).  This study is being made available through the Lupus Society of Illinois and will involve you filling out one or two web-based surveys.

Carson's Community Days

Your $5 donation gets BIG discounts on November 14 & 15!

Purchase here!
Find out more
CFC #: 21759

A Message from the President & CEO


It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away.  Shopping is on everyone's mind as we head into the season of giving: there's Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now there's #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners-charities, families, businesses and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.   


LSI will be participating in #GivingTuesday - this year on December 2, 2014 - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we will invite you to donate to our mission.  We hope you will choose to support LSI through this unique and global opportunity.

Speaking of support, we could not ask for more support than that shown by our 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon team!  We had 21 team members who have raised over $36,000!  All of our team members starting the race finished - which is tremendous!

Feedback on the Lupus Charity Runners team has been outstanding!  If you ever want to run a marathon or any race, we hope you'll consider joining our team.  We're already recruiting for next year's team - we'd welcome your participation.

Lupus Charity Runners and #GivingTuesday are important because the funds raised make a difference in Illinois' lupus community.  This is true through our programs like the Living with Lupus Grant, the Lupus Personal Advisory Program and the Lupus Education and Awareness Program.  See funds raised transformed into our mission as our 2015 education calendar comes together.  We already have 4 events scheduled and are working hard on putting together more.  These events are only possible with the support of our donors.

Finally, I want to highlight our new membership into the Lupus Research Institute National Coalition.  We feel fortunate to be a part of a national organization that will allow LSI to work toward our mission in Illinois.  Read more about our new partnership here.


Together we make a difference.

Charles Brummell 

Ask Dr. Katz
Can identifying the genetic cause of lupus improve treatment?

A few weeks ago, lupus was in the news thanks to Australian scientists who identified the genetic cause of lupus in a 10 year old girl.  As you know, research indicates there is a genetic component to lupus that requires a trigger like injury, illness or stress.  Identifying the genetic cause of lupus was exciting because it can determine a treatment targeting the cause. If we can identify abnormal chemical proteins related to genetic mutations, we might have a way of neutralizing the abnormal proteins that result from these mutations. 

Lupus Charity Runners HUGE Success!

Congratulations to the LSI's Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team!

Together, the team raised over $36,000 for LSI's mission.  The team enjoyed a dinner at Italian Restaurant Bella Notte on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to celebrate their efforts and share information the night before the big event.

Thanks to everyone involved in making this event so wonderful!

Photos from the dinner and race day can be seen here.

Interested in participating in the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?  Click here.

Interested in Lupus Charity Runners?  Click here.
Help Us Save Lives!

We are compiling a list of healthcare professionals to contact with information about lupus and the LSI.  Our hope is that these physicians will provide LSI's factual information about lupus to their patients and staff and LSI's lifesaving programs and services will be promoted to those who need it most.

Would you be willing to provide the name and contact information of your personal physicians - rheumatologists, internists, general practitioners, dermatologists, ob/gyn, etc.?   

Click here for more & the survey.
LSI Joins the LRI National Coalition

We are excited to partner with a national force in the fight against lupus. As a member of the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) National Coalition we know the voice of Illinois' lupus community will be heard on a national level.
In 2004, with the approval of the LRI's Board, the member organizations of the LRI agreed to unite and form a new national coalition under the LRI to advance lupus research through expanded national level advocacy, awareness and fundraising.  

The LRI is uniquely dedicated to novel research in lupus.  Recognizing that most major medical breakthroughs come from unexpected directions, the LRI fosters and supports only the highest-ranked new science to prevent, treat and cure lupus.

Educational Opportunities 
Preventing & Managing Infections Educational Teleconference

LSI scheduled an educational teleconference on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  The event will be presented by Dr. James Curran, LSI's Medical Advisory Board member. (MORE)

Registration is required. 

8th Annual Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar

LSI has begun planning its 8th annual Empowering Lupus Patients educational seminar.  This event is designed to provide information and tools to help the lupus community live well with the disease.  The event typically includes 3 presentations.

When:   Saturday, January 31, 2015
            11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where:  Trinity United Church of Christ Village Center
            1947 W. 95th St.
            Chicago, IL

Registration requested.

Save the Date
March 14, 2015 - Northwestern Suburbs Educational Coffee

June, 2015 - Latino Educational Event
Our Mission
LSI promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research.
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