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
Lupus in pregnancy is a great question. Women with lupus thinking about having a baby will have additional concerns. The Lupus Community Navigator received a question about lupus and pregnancy and we reached out to Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD, DrPH, Solovy/Arthritis Research Society Research Professor at Northwestern Medicine to answer the questions.
Thanks to everyone for making Lupus Awareness Month a BIG success! And it's still going strong! We have events coming up and opportunities to join! Post your photos to social media with #LAM2019LSI or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details on how you're celebrating Lupus Awareness!
Southern Suburbs Walk Ambassadors Jenny Finley & Mike Rakoczy
Gayla’s Gang is the name of the team Jennifer Finley and Michael Rakoczy formed in memory of their mother. Every year since 2008, the family has come together to remember and celebrate the family matriarch, Gayla Rakoczy.
The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) welcomes and encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor Third Party Fundraisers—events or promotions that financially support the LSI, but are planned and funded by a source other than the LSI.
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 Liz at email@example.com or call her at 312-542-0006.