A Letter from the President
It looks like summer is finally here! We hope you are enjoying the nice weather (when we get it!).
We have some exciting news! Our CANTV program has 2 new episodes! Dr. Robert Katz is the medical expert for both episodes and Dr. Shirley Brummell talks about her experiences as a lupus patient in the episode centered on treatments and our own CEO Charles Brummell talks about caregiving. Our goal for these programs is to make topics conversational and down-to-earth. We hope you enjoy them. Suggestions for topics and guests are welcome! Send me an email or contact me at 312-648-6053.
Thanks to Dr. Karen Mancera-Cuevas and Dr. Patricia Canessa for working so hard on our Spanish Language Educational Event – Viviendo Con Lupus on June 12th. Reaching the Spanish language community is so important to our mission and Patricia and Karen are two of our greatest allies. You can view the slides from Dr. Mancera-Cuevas’s presentation here.
Two of our four Illinois Lupus Walks are coming up! The Western Suburbs Lupus Walk is on August 10th in Naperville and the Chicago Walk & Fun Run is September 22nd in Lincoln Park. LSI’s Lupus Walks are a great way to network with others in the lupus community and learn more about lupus. To find out why they are so important, read the Southern Suburbs Lupus Walk Ambassador Story here.
Our Lupus Charity Runner team is up and running and we have a new eNewsletter just for athletes! Now you can find out more about how to use your sweat equity to raise funds and awareness for lupus! Check out the latest newsletter here and contact Liz Guzman, Special Event Manager, for more information.
Finally, we want to thank all of the volunteers who made Lupus Awareness Month such a success! You can read highlights from the month here.
Even though we celebrate Lupus Awareness Month in May, we can take opportunities to increase lupus awareness every month. Some of our volunteers do that already – hosting events or volunteering at health fairs. Send us your thoughts and activities – we will support you any way we can!
We hope to see you at an event coming up soon!
Together, we make a difference!
Mary Dollear, President, Lupus Society of Illinois