Lupus Society of Illinois 

eChronicle October 2016
 We've Moved! 
Our new offices are: 
411 S. Wells St., Suite 710 | Chicago, IL 60607 
Our phone, email and website address will remain the same!  

In This Issue
Quick Links
Upcoming Events

October 9
Bank of America Chicago Marathon

October 22
Charity Cycle Class

November 10
Educational Teleconference Featuring Dr. Robert Katz

January 28
Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar
Kevin Stevens 
Lupus Charity Runner-Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Kevin Stevens has run the Chicago Marathon for LSI since 2009.  His connection to lupus is personal. 

Check out Kevin's fundraising page here
Cheer on our Lupus Charity Runners at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Since 2007, Lupus Charity Runners have participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon - raising funds and awareness benefiting the entire lupus community in Illinois!
Join us as we cheer them on!

We'll be at the Charity Block Party on Adams EAST of Laflin WEST of Loomis on the NORTH side of the street (right by Whitney Young High School).  The LSI will have a tent and an LSI flag!  (click here for Google Map)

We'll be there from 5:30am until 1pm!

Let us know you're coming!
Email or call 312-542-0002

Donate to Lakeshore Recycling Systems for your chance to win AMAZING PRIZES!

Lupus Research Alliance

NEW YORK, NY. July 14 -- The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Research Institute (LRI), and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation today announced the merger of the three organizations to form the Lupus Research Alliance. As the largest private sector organization dedicated to advancing lupus research, the Lupus Research Alliance leads the quest to free the world of this autoimmune disease through the power of scientific research.

You're Invited!

To become a member of the National Lupus Initiative!

A collaborative project of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Illinois Public Health Association Division of Health Equity.
To join contact Karen Mancera-Curevas at (312) 503-0251. 

CFC #: 21759
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.
A Message from the President & CEO

Fall is upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. For many people with children, the holiday season begins at the end of October with Halloween, which means we have only a few short weeks to rest before the joyful craziness begins.
Before we all start looking towards 2017, LSI has some important opportunities coming up. First, this Sunday, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon will again feature a Lupus Charity Runners team. This is the 10th year the LSI will have runners participating in this strenuous event.

Imagine running 26.2 miles. Imagine the training that goes into running that distance - how many miles have to be completed first in preparation for one event.
Imagine taking on that event in honor of someone you love with lupus. That's what Kevin Stevens is doing. Kevin is running this year and has run the Chicago Marathon as a Lupus Charity Runner since 2009. You can read about Kevin below and donate to his extraordinary efforts here.
Hats off to all of our Bank of America Chicago Marathon runners! Their dedication is inspiring. Thank you!
Thanks to a Board Member and the LSI Junior Board, LSI is also hosting a Charity Cycling Class. Indoor cycling is a popular fitness activity and LSI was lucky to have the opportunity to host a fundraiser at Flywheel Sports at 1653 N. Wells on October 22nd starting at 2pm. The event welcomes everyone from the experienced to the beginner. What a great opportunity to try something new in a comfortable environment! Space is limited so be sure to register today.
LSI will also be hosting an Educational Teleconference on November 10th featuring Dr. Robert Katz. Be sure to register for what will certainly be an important presentation.
And LSI is already planning for 2017. The 10th Annual Empowering Lupus Patients educational event will be on January 28, 2017 and will again be held at St. Xavier University on Chicago's South Side. Topics are still being finalized and you don't want to miss this comprehensive event.
With 2016 coming to a rapid close, everyone here at LSI wants to thank you. All of the Illinois lupus Walks are still accepting donations (and Lakeshore Recycling Systems walk teams have a special incentive for donating to its teams!) and we have had a wonderfully successful year.
Our work is only possible thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors, sponsors and participants. If you have participated in a walk, volunteered at an event, attended an educational event, forwarded an email, donated to a walker or sponsored our mission - THANK YOU!
Together we make a difference,
Charles Brummell
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Registration is open!

Join the Lupus Charity Runners for the Bank of America  Shamrock Shuffle 8K!

RACE DAY: Sunday, April 2, 2017
LOCATION: Chicago-Grant Park
TIME: 8:20am
  • LSI wristband and welcoming letter upon registration.
  • Personalized fundraising web page to help reach fundraising goals.
  • LSI long sleeve tee upon reaching a suggested fundraising minimum of $400.
  • Weekly e-blasts with training tips, fundraising ideas, words of encouragement and more!
STEP 1: Register for the 2017 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k! During the registration process, choose Lupus Society of Illinois as your affiliated charity and proceed to pay. (
STEP 2: Submit the Lupus Charity Runners application.
STEP 3: Create your free fundraising page through FirstGiving. LSI staff will reach out to you and help you set up your page and provide you with a fundraising packet!
Illinois Lupus Walk Wrap Up
Chicago Lupus Walk is HUGE Success

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1,000 lupus supporters came together to make a difference in the lupus community.

Like all of LSI's Lupus Walks, the event included entertainment, kid's activities - including the kid's dash, - a team t-shirt contest, raffle and choice of 1 or 3 miles routes for walkers.

Dr. Sandy came out again to show her support for the Illinois Lupus Community as well!

Thanks to the AMAZING volunteers, the event was enjoyed by all!

So far, the Chicago Lupus Walk has raised nearly $80,000 - and that figure is still growing!

LRSThanks to Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), Platinum Sponsor of the Illinois Lupus Walk, donations are still coming in to one of the 5 LRS teams because anyone who donates to an LRS team is entered to win an AMAZING prize (download a flyer with a list of prizes here)!

Qualifying donations start at $5 to any of the teams:

Lakeshore California
Lakeshore Exchange/Packers
Lakeshore Heartland
Lakeshore Morton Grove
Lakeshore Northbrook

Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this year's Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk a great success!
Charity Cycling Class
The Charity Cycling Class is a fundraiser benefiting the LSI!
Registration is a donation of $50 and participants are encouraged to fundraise.
Goody bags and surprise prizes will be awarded that day!
Spots are limited so reserve your spot NOW! or call 312-648-6053.
WHEN:    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 - 2:00pm
WHERE:  FLYWHEEL SPORTS, 1653 N Wells St, Chicago, IL
Can't make the event but want to show your support? DONATE

Special Thanks to Morgan Stanley and Flywheel Sports
News You Can Use
Illinois Rehabilitation Services

The Lupus Community Navigator received a call inquiring about state services for residents on disability.

The Illinois Department of Human Services - Rehabilitation Services (DRS) has 4 major bureaus - including the Bureau of Home Services that provides a wide range of services to individuals with the most significant disabilities to enable them to remain in their homes and live as independently as possible.

DRS serves people with severe disabilities under age 60  who need help with daily living activities in their homes. Many of these people are at risk of moving into a nursing home or other facility. (For those 60 and over, please contact the  Illinois Department on Aging .)

Past Educational Events
Lupus & Lung Health Teleconference

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, LSI hosted an educational teleconference featuring Dr. Mark Yoder from Rush University Medical Center on Lupus & Lung Health.

The event included information about lung issues lupus patients may face, how to tell the difference between lupus lung involvements and much more.

The teleconference was recorded and can be downloaded in its entirety here.  
Upcoming Educational Events:
Save the Date!

Educational Teleconference Featuring Dr. Robert Katz
Thursday, November 10, 2017
Registration required to receive call in information

Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar
Saturday, January 28, 2016
St. Xavier Univeristy
3700 W 103rd St.
Chicago, IL

10:00am - 1:00pm

Check back soon for more information!  
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