Dear Friend

Happy Valentines Day!

Thanks to the presenters at last weekends Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Event.  About 60 participants took part in the event that included a discussion about research a presentation on Aromatherapy and an instructional talk from a Laughologist!  Like all of our educational events, you can download the presentations and/or handouts from our website or from the article below.

Our next educational event will be "Lupus Update with Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman" presented via web meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  Registration is FREE and REQUIRED to obtain the access code.  We hope you'll be able to join us.

Congratulations are also in order for the RUSH Lupus Support Group that celebrated its one year anniversary last Saturday!  Thanks to the support group leader LaShon who has dedicated so much time and energy into making this group a success!  All of our support group leaders are volunteers and their commitment and dedication is inspiring.  Thanks to all of them!

Whenever we talk about our programs and services, we have to discuss our Illinois Lupus Walks - because we simply couldn't provide the programs and services without the success of these events.  Our Walks are fun and full of friendly people.  Besides being an important fundraiser 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.

Our Bank of America Chicago Marathon team is another way to raise awareness about lupus while raising funds to support our programs.  Our team is filling up and we have some guaranteed spots left - but they go on a first come first serve basis.  To find out more about the program or to sign up visit our event page here or contact Liz at or call her at 312-542-0006.

Thank you for your continued support - we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming LSI activity!

Together we make a difference.

Mary Dollear

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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.


Lupus Update with Dr. Rosalind Ramsey Goldman

Living with lupus is challenging.  Staying up to date on lupus information —including lupus treatments—isn't easy.  

Join us as Dr. Ramsey-Goldman, Solovy Arthritis Research Society Research Professor at Northwestern Medical provides a Lupus Update.

Registration is required.  Register today!


RUSH Support Group Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary - Congrats LaShon!

On Feb 9, 2019- the LEARN@Rush Lupus Support Group celebrated its 1 year anniversary.  In conjunction with Lupus Society of Illinois, Rush Rheumatology & Rush Generations the support group has been a great resource for many people living with lupus and their families.  The group has grown over the last year and celebrated the combined efforts and accomplishments!  The group looks forward to another year of Learning, Educating, Raising Awareness, & Networking!

For more information about the LEARN@Rush Lupus Support Group, contact Taurean at or call 312-542-0002.


Together with Northwestern University and Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, the LSI is looking for individuals identifying with African-American, Black and/or Afro-Carribean descent to participate in a focus group to discuss this group's participation in clinical trials and evaluate the effectiveness of current clinical trial education and participation programs. 

The focus group is part of a project entitled Clinical Trials Awareness Modules for the Lupus Conversations Academic-Community Partnership. The study will conduct focus groups in two cities (Boston and Chicago) and discuss information on the range and diversity of positive and negative feelings about participating in trials. 

Click here for more or call Mary at (312)648-6053. 



Check it Off Your Bucket List!
Claim your GUARANTEED SPOT in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

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.


2018 Illinois Lupus Walk Photos Posted to Flickr!

Check out all of the fun and excitement from last year's Illinois Lupus Walks now posted to Flickr!

Click here.


60 Participants Enjoy Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Event

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, 60 participants gathered for the LSI's annual Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Event.  The event is designed to provide information to empower participants living with lupus. This year's event Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Event included a discussion about research and lupus, Aromatherapy and lupus and a presentation from a Laughologist.  

Surveys indicate the event was a big success!  Thanks to our wonderful presenters, Julie Folger, RN, BSN, Certified Professional Aromatherapist, Dr. Kathy O'Brien, RN and Laughologist and Patricia Canessa, PhD.

You can download presentations and handouts on our website here or below.

Research discussion Handout 1   Handout 2
Aromatherapy & Lupus - Presentation
Laugh for Your Health Handout 


Making a Difference 

Sometimes awareness opportunities appear in unlikely places. Such was the case when a young woman working towards a Girl Scout Badge made a video of her experiences with lupus.  Thank you, Akayla, for sharing your story and working to inform the public about lupus!

You can see Akela's video 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!

2019 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is one of Chicago's best running celebrations! The Chicago tradition continues the St. Patrick's Day celebration and kicks off the spring running season in Chicago.

Join Lupus Charity Runners for this fun, 8K event taking place on Sunday, March 24, 2019!  Find out more and register here.


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