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February 2022 

A Letter from the President

Spring is almost here!

I know this because, the LUPUS WALKS are coming!

We couldn't be more excited to announce that the Western Suburbs Lupus Walk and the Chicago Lupus Walk are BOTH open and ready for registrations!

We are going to be walking safely and we hope you will join us!

(Stay tuned for exciting information on the Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk coming soon!)

Lupus Walks are a great way to raise awareness about lupus and fund the LSI's mission.  Lupus Walks make all of our activities possible - from financial assistance to educational events - you and all of LSI's Walkers make our mission possible!

Thank you!

Speaking of educational events, our first educational event of the year is coming up in just a few weeks. 


Register here and be sure to tell your friends and family to do the same!

This Public Health presentation will be presented by Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas,Deputy Director of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health.  

Our educational event calendar is filling up!  Be sure to save the date for the upcoming events listed below. 

Also, have you ever thought about running a marathon?  If so, we hope you'll join Lupus Charity Runners for the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  We have guaranteed spots and if you have a spot already, you can still join our team and get FULL BENEFITS!  Read below or click here for more.

Our deadline for registering runners is March 31, 2022 - don't miss out!

Together we make a difference



Stay Tuned!  Exciting information about the Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk coming soon!

2022 Western Suburbs Lupus Walk
August 13, 2022
Naperville Riverwalk, Grand Pavilion
9:00am – Registration Begins
10:00am – Walk Steps Off

2022 Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk
& Fun Run

September 18, 2022
Rowing Lagoon – Lincoln Park
8:30am – Registration Begins
10:00am – Walk Steps Off

lupus Walk season has officially begun!  And we want you to join us - safely.

Here at Lupus Society of Illinois, our number one priority is to keep our employees, volunteers, and community safe.  For the last two years, we have hosted webinars and virtual activities.  We are excited to host LIVE Lupus Walk events!

And now we'd like to invite you, your families, and network of friends and colleagues to join in some fun and creativity by building your own personal fundraising pages for the Illinois Lupus Walks. 

Today, we are launching the Western Suburbs Lupus Walk and the Chicago Lupus Walk.  (Stay tuned for exciting news about the Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk.)

Funds raised at the Lupus Walks go directly toward LSI's mission - like our upcoming Educational Event, Lupus & COVID-19: Vaccines, Boosters & Treatments.  Register FOR FREE today!


Karen Mancera-Cuevas, PhD

Lupus & COVID-19: Understanding Vaccines, Boosters & Treatments
Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 6:30pm

Join us for this public health presentation where we will learn about COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and treatments.  We’ll learn about the latest information available from an expert presenter.

Submit your questions by March 3, 2022 to mary@lupusil.org.   

Join us as we talk with Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas, Deputy Director of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health.


NEW!  Save the Date

Lupus, Anxiety & Depression
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Presented by Dr. Ben Small

Lupus & Fibromyalgia
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Presented by Dr. Alexandra Katz Small



Guarantee Your Spot in the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Since 2007, LSI has had a team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  We are so proud of our runners and honored by the runners who have joined our team over and over again!  

We have a limited number of spots still available for the 2022 race.  The spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

When you run for Lupus Charity Runners, we are with you every step of the way!  Team members get:

  • Training to help you complete the Bank of America Chicago Marathon safely!
  • 2 tickets to the pre-marathon pasta party!  
  • LSI Water Bottle + goodies! 
  • Lupus Charity Runner singlet! 
  • Additional fundraising incentives for exceeding your goal! 
  • Receive personalized fundraising webpage to help you reach your fundraising goal!
  • LCR fundraising guide, creative tips and one-on-one assistance to help you reach your goal! 
  • Exhilaration of doing good for others while doing well for yourself! 


Don't miss this opportunity to leave your footprint on the 2022 Lupus Walks!

Here at LSI we are getting excited for the 2022 WALKS!!! We are looking for volunteers to join our walk committees. We will have a South suburban, Naperville, and Chicago walk. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Lisa at lisa@lupusil.org or 312-542-0006. Together we can make a difference. #lupus #lupusawareness #LSIcommunity #joinacommittee #💜


New Year Support Group Meeting Dates Listed

Ever thought of joining a Lupus Support Group?  Start planning now!  Groups are virtual and some meet in person.  Our Support Group Leaders are Lupus Warriors.

Please contact Lisa at lisa@lupusil.org or 312-542-0006 to find the group that best fits your schedule. Click here for a link to LSI's volunteer run Support Groups!


The LSI has led the lupus community through the COVID-19 crisis by providing expert educational information and providing factual information, including hosting 3 COVID-19 & the Lupus Community Web meetings with leading lupus doctors. You can watch the educational event below and the COVID-19 webpage here.

Click the image to access the Web Meeting with Dr. Ramsey-Goldman

Click the image to access the Web Meeting with Dr. Jolly

Click the image to access the Web Meeting with Dr. Katz


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).  


312-542-0002 | info@lupusil.org 
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