Lupus Society of Illinois 

eChronicle June 2017
 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!  

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Runner Profile shold
Lauren Shold

"I am not running for myself. I am running for my mother, Holly Hoover. my mother is a beautiful selfless women who has lived with a dibilitating disease for most of her life."

Volunteers Needed for Lupus Clinical Trial

Do you have active lupus symptoms that are not fully controlled by your medications? 
If you so, you may be eligible for the XSEL clinical trial being conducted at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Qualified participants will receive the investigation medication or placebo at no cost.

Please call our staff at 312-503-1919 between 8a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

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. 

NEW Support Groups 

Two new support groups are looking to get started. 
1. in the Logan Square/Bucktown/Humbult Park area  
2. in the Evanston/Rogers Park area

If you're interested in more information, please email or complete this short survey 
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

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make Lupus Awareness Month a success.  The Northern Suburbs and Southern Suburbs Lupus Walks were part of our Lupus Awareness Month activities and we are happy to report, both events were very successful.  There are 2 more walks this year - the Western Suburbs Lupus Walk on August 12th and the Chicago Lupus Walk on September 24th.  Registration is open and we have some fantastic incentive prizes for folks raising $100+.

Funds raised at the Illinois Lupus Walks goes directly towards our mission in Illinois.  We are able to offer all of our programs and services at NO COST thanks to the hard work of our Walkers.  Like the upcoming Western Suburbs Educational Event on Saturday, July 29th.  This year's event will include 2 presentations:
  • Immunizations in Patients with Lupus, presented by Dr. Ailda Nika and
  • Heart & Lupus, presented by Dr. Juan Schmukler

Registration is FREE (thanks to our amazing Lupus Walkers!) and open - click here for more information and to register.

The LSI Junior Board hosted an event during Lupus Awareness Month.  You can see the wrap up here - thanks to all the Jr. Board members who worked so hard to make this event a success.

There's an important opportunity to let your voice be heard on the national level.  The Lupus PFDD Meeting is a history-making project that includes a meeting called "Lupus: Patient Voices."  This very important effort is a tremendous opportunity for individuals with lupus to contribute to lupus drug development by sharing how the disease affects their daily lives and their thoughts on current and future treatments.

You can read more about the project here.  

Our Lupus Charity Runners team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is in full swing!  It's hard to believe that the marathon is only 4 months away.  We have 15 people on our team so far.  We are still accepting lottery runners on the team - if you know someone interested please let us know.

Running a marathon - 26.2 miles - is an incredible accomplishment.  To run that distance in honor of someone you love with lupus is truly inspiring.  We want to thank all of our Lupus Charity Runners for their commitment to our mission. You can read about one of our runners here.

We hope to see you at an LSI event in the near future.
Together we make a difference.
Charles Brummell 
Lupus Educational Event
Western Suburbs

The annual Western Suburbs Educational Event will be on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  registration begins 9:30am and the first program begins at 10:00am at the Naperville Library - 95th St.
3015 Cedar Glade, Naperville IL 60564.

This year will include 2 speakers from Rush University Medical Center's Lupus Clinic - Dr. Ailda Nika and Dr. Juan Schmukler.

Check back soon for information on topics.

Refreshments will be served.  RSVP is recommended.
National Meeting on Lupus Drug Development
Lupus PFDD Meeting

The national lupus patient advocacy community is excited to announce that people with lupus will have the chance to be part of a history-making project that includes a meeting called Lupus: Patient Voices on September 25 in the Washington, DC area.  This very important effort is a tremendous opportunity for individuals with lupus to contribute to lupus drug development by sharing how the disease affects their daily lives and their thoughts on current and future treatments.

If you have lupus or are the parent of a child with lupus, we urge you to make your voice heard by sharing your lupus experience and what matters most to you when it comes to lupus drugs.

Click here for more
Click here for the survey
Click for the Lupus PFDD Meeting website
Illinois Lupus Walks
2 Walks left for 2017!  Register today!

There are 2 Lupus Walks left for 2017 - don't miss out on this opportunity to let your voice be heard!

Western Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville

Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Lincoln Park, Chicago (near Stockton & LaSalle)

Junior Board  JRBD
Night on the Town Fundraiser-Friendraiser

The LSI Junior Board hosted an event on Friday, May 19th in Wrigleyville.  The event, titled: "Let's not wait 108 years to find a cure" was a big success!  The event was packed, the raffle was a HUGE hit and feedback was tremendous!

The event brought out some new folks and some are interested in joining the Junior Board!

Congratulations to everyone on the Junior Board who worked so hard to make this event a success!

Click here for more information on the LSI Junior Board.
Lupus Awareness Month Follow Up
Unique Awareness Builder

Thanks to Debbie Bagjert for using her blog to help increase lupus awareness!  Thanks for highlighting the Lupus Society of Illinois in your posts!

Here's some of what Debbie had to say about her blog: "My biggest hope is that somebody can identify with something I write and that it makes them happy or it makes them feel better and not feel alone. I think that's one of the most important parts of Lupus Awareness and LSI - helping people to understand that they're not alone. None of us feels exactly the same, but we are each of us doing battle in our own way and we need all the backup and support that we can get."

You can visit Debbie's blog here.
Vivir bien con lupus
Spanish Language Ed Event

On June 2, 2017, LSI hosted its annual Spanish Language Educational Event at Casa Michoacán on Chicago's South Side. 

Over 25 people attended the event with presenter Dr. Alejandra C. Rodriguez-Paez, MD.

Special thanks to volunteer Patricia Canessa for all of her hard work in making this event a success.

For more information on Spanish language educational materials or services, please contact LSI at or call 312-542-0002.
Fun Fundraiser! 
Wisdom Chapter #25 presents Wisdom's Amazing Race!
What an innovative and fun way to raise awareness and funds for the Lupus Society of Illinois!

Create your own team and embark on an amazing race around Chicago!

Choose to participate to benefit the Lupus Society of Illinois and your team will compete for a cash prize and charitable donation made in honor to the LSI!

New Walk Incentive Prizesinc
Raise funds - win prizes!
Walk Participants raising $100+ will receive awesome prizes!

Individual Incentive Levels
Raise $100+ - receive an LSI TOTE BAG!
Raise $300+ - receive and LSI tote bag & CERAMIC TRAVEL CUP
Raise $600+  - receive an LSI tote bag, ceramic travel cup & POWER BANK!
Raise $1,000+ - receive an LSI tote bag, ceramic travel cup, power bank and a FLEECE VEST!
Download the Incentive Flyer here!
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