October 2014


Serving Indiana



What kinds of Health Care Providers usually treat children with lupus?


On September 27, we came together on a beautiful morning in Fort Harrison State Park for a day of celebrating the fundraising efforts of our Walk teams. This year, the Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Now™ included talented musicians, delicious foods from our vendors, and a surprise wedding ceremony that was both heartwarming and inspiring. Thanks to the hard work of our Walk teams, the Indianapolis Walk raised over $114,000 in donations for the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter. Although our goal was $135,000, we are grateful for the effort of the Walk teams and hopeful that we can still reach our goal. Please help us reach our donation goal this year by giving to the LFA, Indiana Chapter!


We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible. It is because of these hardworking and caring individuals that events like the Indianapolis Walk to End Lupus Now™ are possible.


We hope to see you all next year for and even more successful and enjoyable day!


Seeking 2014 Volunteer of the Year Nominations

Know a volunteer who exemplifies going above and beyond?  Then nominate them for the 2014 Phyllis Simko Volunteer of the Year award!

Our Chapter could not exist without all of the hard work of our outstanding volunteers. The Phyllis Simko Volunteer of the Year award recognizes a volunteer whose commitment and spirit of giving have furthered the mission of our Chapter and provided service to the organization that has positively impacted lupus patients, outreach initiatives or the organization as a whole.


Nominations must be received by Sat., Nov. 1and the winner will be honored at our annual volunteer recognition luncheon on Sat., Nov. 15 

Download the Nomination Form.


Carla Day, 2013 Phyllis Simko Volunteer of the Year, and Jan Ferris, CEO 

'Living with Lupus' Seminars in Greencastle and Valparaiso


In partnership with Putnam County Hospital and Beverly Ross, in memory of her daughter, Heidi Ross, we are happy to provide an educational 'Living with Lupus' seminar in Greencastle. The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 16, at Putnam County Hospital, 1542 S. Bloomington St.  Featured speakers are Marlene Aldo-Benson, M.D. (Rheumatologist, Retired) and Sharon Black, R.D. (Registered Dietician). 


We are also partnering with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to provide a seminar in Valparaiso on Thursday, November 13.  The seminar will be held at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US Highway 6. Featured speakers include Karen Kovalow-St. John (Rheumatologist). Additional speaker TBD and will be announced on our chapter website


All lupus patients, caregivers, family, friends, and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the disease of lupus are invited to attend.


Both seminars will be held from 6:00-7:30 PM with check-in from 5:30-6:00; light snacks will be available.  The events are free but registration is required.


To register for the Greencastle seminar click here.

To register for the Valparaiso seminar click here

Upcoming Events
October 16, 2014 

'Living with Lupus' Seminar

Putnam County Hospital

Greencastle, Indiana
Register Today 


October 23, 2014


Lupus Fall 'FUN'raiser

Lowell, Indiana

Learn More 


November 13, 2014


'Living with Lupus' Seminar

Porter Regional Hospital

Valparaiso, Indiana

Register Today


November 15, 2014


Volunteer Luncheon

The Marott

Indianapolis, Indiana


Support Groups
We are happy to offer 15 support groups throughout the state. Lupus support groups provide an opportunity to spend time with others impacted by the disease. Sharing experiences, methods of coping and insights into living with lupus helps members develop coping strategies to reduce the stress that often accompanies living with a chronic illness.  We hope you'll attend a support group meeting soon. Click here to see all Indiana locations and details about each group.
Save the Date--December 2, 2014--Giving Tuesday

National Day of Giving


This holiday season, celebrate generosity and the spirit of giving by participating in #GivingTuesday! We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday- now there's a day to put personal philanthropy back into the season of giving. On December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, donate to the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, and help us support lupus patients, caregivers, and families in Indiana.


Thanks to #GivingTuesday, we are reminded that the holiday season is about community, not just consumerism. Americans can do so much more with their wallets than just shop! And you don't have to be a billionaire to give back-#GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do something extraordinary. Even with a small donation, you can help us provide your community with lupus education, awareness, and resources for lupus patients.


Take an #UNselfie!


By celebrating #GivingTuesday, you can also encourage others to participate in this international day of giving. Take a "selfie" of yourself with a caption or handwritten sign sharing how the LFA, Indiana Chapter has helped you.Then share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday. Please click here to download your sign. To get your "selfie" on our Facebook page, email it to

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

-Winston Churchill


Donate to the Lupus Foundation of America's Indiana Chapter on December 2, and be a part of this global movement. This holiday season, we can GIVE as good as we can get!


For more information on #GivingTuesday, please visit

Flu 101: Vital Qs & As about the Flu

As summer draws to a close and the cooler months creep in, flu season is right around the corner. It is important to take preventative measures to protect yourself against the flu because people living with lupus are at increased risk for infections (including the flu). In her article, Lupus Foundation of America, Nurse Health Educator, Sarah Stothers, answers your questions about the flu. Read More


Children with lupus are usually treated by a pediatric rheumatologist (a specialist in diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adolescents), or an immunologist (a specialist in diseases of the immune system) who is familiar and comfortable with the special needs of children. To read more click here.

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