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May 1, 2021 

It's time to celebrate!  Today is the beginning of Lupus Awareness Month!  For the next 31 days YOU make educating YOUR community about lupus!  This year, we also have a MONTHLONG Virtual run WALK ride for LUPUS! 

Our VIRTUAL run WALK ride allows us to share MORE stories about how Lupus Awareness Month and the Lupus Walk make a difference!  We'll highlight Virtual Ambassadors throughout the month - and we encourage you to share your story!

This week, find out more about Mari Gonzalez - a support group leader, LSI supporter and all around LUPUS CHAMPION!  

Let us know how you are celebrating Lupus Awareness Month so we can celebrate YOU!

Governor Pritzker Proclaims May as Lupus Awareness Month!  See the proclamation here.


Virtual Lupus Ambassador Mari Gonzalez

(The Lupus Walk) is SOOO important because it is the biggest fundraiser to raise monies for LSI. They also raise so much awareness when you would see so many people walking in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The monies collected go to help so many people. During the walks we also get to meet other amazing people with lupus and their family & friends.



Get Ready to Educate!
Lupus Awareness Month is right around the corner!

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.

Share "Lupus Facts of the Day" on social media, get your local government to issue a proclamation, take an "I fight for lupus" selfie AND participate in the Virtual run WALK ride for lupus during May!



Virtual run WALK & ride and LIVE Lupus Walk
Since 2001, the Lupus Society of Illinois has hosted walks to promote lupus awareness and support our mission in Illinois.  Today we invite you to join us again!

COVID-19 has made getting together challenging and we think we've come up with a great solution!

The 2021 Lupus Walks will include a Virtual Lupus Walk for the entire month of May AND a LIVE Lupus Walk (if possible) on August 14, 2021 at the Naperville Riverwalk.

The LIVE Lupus Walk will be LIVE STREAMED on August 14, 2021, NO MATTER WHAT!

Register on this page and you are eligible to win incentive prizes and enter contests with awesome prizes!  You will be able to participate in the Virtual Lupus Walk and the Illinois Lupus Walk on August 14, 2021!


Post a photo of your BEST virtual run WALK ride outfit with #LSIBestOutfit and you'll be entered to win a $50 Athleta gift card!

Weekly Contest #1!  Personalize your walk page and automatically be enetered to win a My Shards of Glass hand painted coffee tumbler valued at $35!

Must be registered for the Virtual run WALK ride for Lupus!  Register here!


Mari Gonzalez and her mom Blanca have decorated their neighborhood with purple ribbons, lupus awareness signs and are planning a group walk for later this month!


Post your pictures and stories to our Facebook event page here  or send your pictures and stories to lisa@lupusil.org.


312-542-0002 | info@lupusil.org 
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