Dear Friend,

This month, we share with you a lupus love story.  Jim & Cheryl Vail have been long-time friends to the LSI and this year they are serving as the Western Suburbs Lupus Walk Ambassadors. Their story proves that the lupus community is larger than those living with the disease.  The lupus community is comprised of families and networks of individuals caring for and supporting the individual living with the disease.

We are so proud to be a part of Jim and Cheryl’s lupus network as well as so many others. The Illinois Lupus Walks are just one of the opportunities to build your support network. So many of our friends have met us through our Walks and have then gone on to benefit from support groups, educational events, individual peer support, financial assistance and the community navigator program.

Many of our friends have taken their own struggles and life experiences and volunteered to help others struggling with the challenges of lupus.

Whether you have a large or small lupus network, the LSI stands with you.  We are here to serve as the cornerstone of your own lupus network. 

We provide information to families learning about lupus, spouses struggling with the new reality lupus presents in their lives and adult children who can’t comprehend what their parent with lupus is up against.  All of our mission-related activities include opportunities for people to network.  Contact us to find out more or to take advantage of any of our services.

As long as the LSI is here – you are not alone.

We hope to see you at the Western Suburbs Lupus Walk on August 11th – we’ll be there cheering on Jim & Cheryl and hundreds of others in the lupus community. 

Together we make a difference.

Mary Dollear

Our Suite # has changed to:
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Suite 503
Chicago, IL 60607

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Jim and Cheryl Vail share story of love and surviving lupus – together as Lupus Walk Ambassadors 

In her 43 years of living with lupus, Cheryl offers wisdom to those learning to live with the disease now. “Minor and major setbacks can happen,” she says. “Listen to your body and respond accordingly.  Get the rest your body needs and stay active with friends and family that want to support you.”

Cheryl’s biggest support has been her husband Jim.

Read the full story HERE.


Jump for Joy!
The Illinois Lupus Walks are OPEN!

LSI has 2 Lupus Walks coming up!  Walks are a great opportunity to raise awareness about lupus and raise funds for the LSI to continue to provide free support services to the lupus community! 

Every registered walker gets an official 2018 Lupus Walk tshirt and a fundraising page to promote lupus and raise funds!  We have terrific incentive prizes for participants raising money, too. 

If you haven't been to an Illinois Lupus Walk, you are missing out on a great opportunity to meet others in the lupus community - a group of people who understand what lupus is! 


Hit Us With Your Best Shot!

LSI's Walk Photo Contest is BIG news!  Share your favorite 2018 Illinois Lupus Walk photos with us and the photo with the most likes will be featured in LSI's 2019 Illinois Lupus Walk advertising!

Contact Liz Guzman with questions.

Online Raffle - Supporting the LSI

Enter for a chance to win!  Raffle runs June 27th-August 30th!

Winners are selected on August 31st and notified by September 4th.

Need not be present to win.  Purchase tickets today!


PCORI Annual Meeting scholarship opportunity

Competitive opportunity that will award 40 scholarships to help patients, caregivers and representatives from patient or caregiver organizations attend the 2018 Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Annual Meeting. Scholarships will cover travel, hotel and a meal allowance during the conference (Oct 31-Nov 2, Washington, D.C.) for the applicant (and caregiver, if medically necessary).  PCORI seeks to ensure fair representation of historically underrepresented and minority patient communities, diverse geographic representation, and a mix of new and returning PCORI Annual Meeting attendees.


Running the Chicago Marathon?  Join Lupus Charity Runners!

If you're already running the Chicago Marathon, why not run it for us!

There's no fundraising minimum and you'll get the support of the LSI and an entire team of Lupus Charity Runners!

Funds raised through the Lupus Charity Runners supports programs, services and research for Illinois’ lupus community!

Click here for more.

Lupus Society of Illinois
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