December 2019

A Letter from the President

Dear Friend,

The holidays are here! I hope you had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. Hanukkah starts next weekend and Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!  Then, we celebrate the start of 2020!

We have so many exciting things planned for the coming year.  Our first educational event of the year, Empowering Lupus Patients, is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020.  We have hosted this event since 2008 and it has grown over the years and always brings out a nice group from the lupus community.  We’re still finalizing the program and will keep you posted as we get closer to the event.  Be sure to keep that date open!  Registration will open soon.

We’ll be hosting our Illinois Lupus Walks as well – stay tuned for an important announcement about those before the new year!

And our Lupus Charity Runners team for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  If you’ve ever thought of running a marathon, consider joining us.  We have an excellent program – why else would we have so many runners come back year after year to run 26.2 miles for us?

In this season of giving, we hope that you will remember the Lupus Society of Illinois.  We work hard every day to make lives better.  With a staff of 3 and hundreds of volunteers we are able to provide personal support to people who need it.  Our Financial Assistance Grant covers medical expenses for those in need, our educational events provide expert information from experienced professionals and our Illinois Lupus Walks always provide an opportunity to network with others in the lupus community while raising awareness about lupus in the general public.

We can only do this together.

Please consider making an end of year donation to the Lupus Society of Illinois.

Together we make a difference.

Mary Dollear

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Save The Date: February 2, 2020
Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Event

The first lupus educational event of the year will be on February 1, 2020!  The event will be at St. Xavier University and will include 3 topics of interest to the lupus community.  Refreshments will be served and networking is encouraged.  


Dr. Ailda Nika shared this article wtih readers. Check for more “Latest News” for the lupus community.

Breaking news in the Lupus World!

While there is substantial unmet need for people with lupus given the limitations of therapeutic agents, two positive trials just came out in the month of December.



Support Group Leaders Post Meeting Dates for 2020!

We can NEVER thank our Support Group Leaders enough!  They work tirelessly to provide a forum for the lupus community to come together and share their experiences and learn from one another. 

Our Leaders have begun posting meeting dates for 2020 - you can check out the meeting dates here.

Photos from 2019 Lupus Walks!

We are already planning the 2020 Illinois Lupus Walks!  We are looking for great photos to help promote these fantastic events.

Please forward your walk photos to and YOU may be featured in 2020 Illinois Lupus Walk promotions!

We're With You Every Step!

Running the Chicago Marathon?  Join Lupus Charity Runners!  We have an outstanding program that gets you across the finish line WHILE raising awareness about lupus!  Find out more about our team by contacting Mary at or call her at 312-542-0002.

Team Gayla's Gang

Fatigue & Lupus

A major problem for people living with lupus is fatigue – chronic debilitating fatigue that significantly decreases quality of life and increases the risk of work disability.

How does someone manage fatigue?  Finding strategies that work for you and for lupus patients in general is the purpose of the Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial (LIFT).  


RUSH Lupus Study

The study is a 24 week randomized, double-blind controlled multicenter study followed by an open label extension treatment for another 24 weeks. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the correction of the omega-3 deficiency may reduce disease activity in SLE patients.

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