Dear Friend

We have been so busy here at the LSI!  We were invited to participate in GSK’s Us in Lupus Night of Beauty event.  We were thrilled to see so many people in the lupus community come out for this event!

We also started a new series through CANTV – you can watch the first episode here. This is part of a new monthly program and the best part is all of the episodes will be housed on our YouTube page.  If you have suggestions for future episodes, please let me know.

We also hosted the Lupus Update with Dr. Ramsey Goldman webinar.  If you missed the event, don’t worry!  We’ve posted the entire webinar here – where it will be archived permanently.

Time flies - Lupus Awareness Month starts next week!

We hope you take the opportunity to increase lupus awareness!  We have LOTS of ideas on how you can use this month to educate YOUR community about lupus!  Click here for more and don’t hesitate to contact me with any new ideas!

We have some exciting surprises in store for the lupus community this May.  In addition to sending out facts of the day, providing tools to help you raise awareness about lupus in your community and our annual Northern & Southern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walks, we are introducing the 2019 Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K event on May 19, 2019 and Bike the Drive on May 26, 2019.  And talk about a FUN FUNdraiser, the LSI's Associate Board (formerly the Junior Board) is also hosting an event on May 2, 2019 - a Night with Jackie Fabulous!  

We even have information on a volunteer driven event: the Southern Suburbs Walk Team Gayla's Gang's annual fundraiser! The event is at Chicago Dough in New Lenox from 4:30-8:30pm. 

Whenever we talk about our programs and services, we have to discuss our fundraising activities like the Illinois Lupus Walks - because we simply couldn't provide the programs and services without the success of these events.  Besides being important fundraisers they are also awareness builders!  Many in the lupus community first hear about us from the Illinois Lupus Walks and then benefit from our free programs and services.  If you haven't been to an Illinois Lupus Walk, we hope to see you there and if you have, now's the time to register for 2019!  You can find out more here.

Send me an email with information on your event or activity and we'll post it on our Lupus Awareness Month page!

This is the last week to join our Bank of America Chicago Marathon team for the 2019 Lupus Charity Runners Team!  If you've ever thought about running a marathon, why not run it for us?  We have a terrific program with a team of people from around the country who want to take on the challenge of a marathon while raising awareness and funds for the lupus community.  Find out more about our program here.

We hope to see you at an event coming up soon! 

Together, we make a difference!

Mary Dollear
President, Lupus Society of Illinois

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CANTV - Episode 1. Dr. Jolly, Support Group Leader LaShon and Mary Dollear

Click the image to view Episode 1 of our new CANTV series!

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The Lupus Society of Illinois promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research.


A Night of Beauty for the Lupus Community!
On April 16, 2019, the LSI was lucky enough to participate in GlaxoSmithKline's Us in Lupus Night of Beauty event!

Hosted at Sephora at 605 N. Michigan Avenue, the event was free and open to invited guests from the lupus community.  People living with lupus were treated to a makeover courtesy of NARS cosmetics.  

Many of LSI's volunteers and board members were in attendance.  LSI's Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Meenakshi Jolly of Rush University Medical Center served as the evening's rheumatology expert and LSI volunteer Tawny Smith served as the patient ambassador. 

All guests were treated to hors d'oeuvre and specialty juices.  

Thanks to GlaxoSmithKline, Sephora and NARS cosmetics for making a fun night possible!


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Lupus Update with Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman

Did you miss the Lupus Update with Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman webinar last Thursday?

Don't worry!  We recorded it!  You can watch the entire video here!


Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month is the time of year when the lupus community takes time to educate their families, workplaces and neighborhoods about lupus.  Education can be as modest as sending an email to your friends and family about lupus to organizing a Lupus Awareness Day at your office.  We encourage you to get creative as you raise awareness about this often misunderstood disease.

Some events are already scheduled!

May 2, 2019 - Zanies and LSI's Associate Board's A Night with Jackie Fabulous

May 5, 2019 - Northern Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk

May 19, 2019 - Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K

May 26, 2019 - Bike the Drive

June 1, 2019 - Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk

And, Southern Suburbs Walk Team Gayla's Gang has their annual Lupus Fundraiser!
May 30, 2019
4:30pm - 8:30pm
Chicago Dough in New Lenox, IL 
There will be an amazing raffle and a percent of the buffet will be donated to LSI!


Research Announcement: Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial (LIFT)

If you have lupus and suffer from low energy or you feel tired often, you may qualify for the Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial (LIFT) - a study being done to test two treatment programs to help people with lupus better manage their fatigue.

For more information, download the flyer here.


Zanies and the LSI Associate Board Present a Night with Jackie Fabulous!!!

Join the LSI's Associate Board for a night of laughs with Jackie Fabulous!  Tickets are $25 and requires a 2 item purchase at Zanies (food or drink).  Must be 21 years or older.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and enjoy a great show with great people from the lupus community!

When:  Thursday, May 2, 2019  |  8:00 PM CDT - 10:00 PM CDT

Find out more and purchase tickets here.


Check it Off Your Bucket List!

LSI has guaranteed spots in the 2019 Chicago Marathon. We offer benefits to help you achieve your goal while raising awareness and funds for the LSI.

If you're going to run 26.2 miles, why not do it with the support of the LUPUS COMMUNITY!

Find out more and claim your spot here.


Illinois Lupus Walks are OPEN!

Join us for the 2019 Illinois Lupus Walks!  The lupus community is looking forward to seeing you there!


New This Year!

Join the inaugural Lupus Charity Runners team in the Chicago Half Marathon!  

Find out more or sign up today!


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