eChronicleJanuary 2015
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Upcoming Events
Holiday Dreams Dinner Dance
Lupus Update
Educational Opportunities
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Upcoming Events

Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar

March 14
Northwestern Suburbs Educational Coffee

May 16
Southern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk

May 31 (tentative)
Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk

August 8
Western Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk

September 27 (tentative)
Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk
Holiday Dreams Cure for Lupus Dinner Dance
HUGE Success!
The South Side Lupus Organization hosted its annual Dinner Dance benefiting the Lupus Society of Illinois on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

The event was a HUGE SUCCESS - bringing out over 150 supporters and raising over $7,000.

Thanks to everyone on the planning committee - especially Kay & Cecil Mimms and Don & Pat Ransford- for their hard work on behalf of our mission!
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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A Message from the President & CEO


Happy New Year!  I hope everyone's holiday season was full of joy.  I want to start the New Year with a special thank you to all involved in the 4th annual Holiday Dreams: Cure for Lupus Dinner Dance.  The SSLO and especially Kay & Cecil Mimms and Don & Pat Ransford.

The LSI is very excited because we have launched our 2015 Illinois Lupus Walks!

7th Annual Southern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk (5/16/15)
8th Annual Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk (5/31/15 -tentative)
10th Annual Western Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk (8/8/15)
15th Annual Chicago Lupus Walk - the oldest lupus walk in Illinois! (9/27/15 - tentative)

We need your help to make these the best walks ever! Planning committees are getting started and we welcome your participation!  Please let us know if you would be interested in joining a committee!

As you know, the LSI is the ONLY organization in Illinois serving the needs of the lupus community TODAY.  Our mission - since 1973 - has included funding research and offering programs and services that meet the needs of people living with lupus.  

Speaking of meeting the needs of people living with lupus - we have 2 educational events this month.  The first is a teleconference on January 22nd on Preventing and Managing Infections for people with lupus presented by Dr. James Curran of University of Chicago.


Our 8th annual Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar on January 31st includes 3 topics selected to provide information that will help the lupus family live its best life.  This year topics include:  Lupus Nephritis, Managing Your Finances, Accupuncture.


These educational events are possible thanks to the tremendous support of our Illinois Lupus Walks.  

The New Year brings all kinds of change and this year we will say goodbye to Sonya Loynachan, LSI's Health Promotion Manager.  For nearly 8 years, Sonya has worked on behalf of the lupus community.  If you've ever attended an educational or advocacy event, you have seen Sonya who has been closely involved in all mission related activities during her career here.  Sonya is moving back to Iowa and will start a job with the Iowa Department of Public Health.  I'm sure you join me in wishing Sonya all the best in her future endeavors.

I hope to see you at one of our upcoming educational events and Illinois Lupus Walks.
Together we make a difference.

Charles Brummell   

Lupus Update by Dr. Robert Katz

The Field of Rheumatology and Lupus

The term 'rheumatology', suggests that it deals with rheumatoid arthritis.  "Rheumatic" is a word that refers to musculoskeletal skeletal disease.  But quite early on, autoimmune problems fell into the scope of rheumatology investigation, training and clinical practice.  

Rheumatologists start by taking pre-med courses in college, going through four years of medical school, doing an internal medicine internship and residency that lasts three years, and then taking a two-year rheumatology fellowship.

Not all hospitals offer fellowships in rheumatology.  In the Chicago area, there are five hospitals that have such training programs.  Typically a hospital will train about two rheumatology fellows each year over that two-year program.  So there are not a huge number of rheumatologists being graduated across the country.

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.

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March 14, 2015 - Northwestern Suburbs Educational Coffee

June, 2015 - Latino Educational Event
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