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May 2023 

A Letter from the President

I hope this email finds you well and safe.

Lupus Awareness Month has been a big success with so many of you sharing your efforts to increase lupus awareness.  If you haven't yet, take a look at the Lupus Awareness Month page on our website here

And if you have photos and stories you'd like to share, please send them to mary@lupusil.org or lisa@lupusil.org.

This year, LSI is hosting 3 Facebook Live events in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.  Lisa Klaslo has already presented on Lupus & Resilience with Rev. Dr. Shirley Brummell and a Q&A with the Rush Lupus Clinic (you can watch both on our website here).  We have one more coming up on May 30th - Resources for Lupus Patients presented by our own Mari Gonzalez!  You can register for the event here.

LSI is only able to provide Facebook Live events thanks to the success of our Illinois Lupus Walks.  Illinois Lupus Walks are a great way to raise awareness about lupus and support LSI's mission.  We are looking forward to the team t-shirt contests, DJ Rick, and the entire lupus community coming together! We look forward to seeing you there.

There's still time to join a Lupus Walk committee, too (contact lisa@lupusil.org).  

We are still looking for your memories!  As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we want to hear from you!  take a moment to share your recollections with us online here or post it on social media using #LSI50!

In 50 years, we've come so far.  Together, we've made a difference.


Lupus Awareness Month
Kimberly Wilson

LSI volunteer & lupus warrior Kimberly shared her Lupus Awareness Efforts in celebration of Lupus Awareness Month!


Resources for the Lupus Community - Facebook Live
May 30, 2023 | 6pm

Join us for a Facebook Live event to learn about "Resources for the Lupus Community" by the Lupus Society of Illinois, lupus navigator, Mari Gonzalez. During this event, Mari will talk about all the resources that the Lupus Society of Illinois has to offer. She will also give us a brief education on lupus and the different types of lupus as well.  Mari will leave time for you to ask questions at the end.


Facebook Live Events Celebrating
Lupus Awareness Month

May 23, 2023 | 6pm

The Rush Lupus Clinic doctors Dr. Nika & Dr. Cherny, answered your questions!  

If you missed the event, watch a recording here.

May 9, 2023 | 6pm

Reverend Dr. Shirley Brummell presented on her research into Lupus & Resilience.

if you missed Rev. Dr. Shirley Brummell's presentation, you can watch it here.




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.

We have a Social Media trivia game - resulting in a GRAND PRIZE - three Facebook live educational presentations and MORE!

Check out our Lupus Awareness Month Page here!



Western Suburbs Lupus Walk
Naperville - August 12, 2023
9:00am – Registration
10:00am – Walk Starts

Chicago Walk & Fun Run  
Lincoln Park - September 30, 2023 
8:30am – Registration
10:00am – Walk Starts


Fond Memories

Thanks to Regina Casto for sharing a photo from her team's first Illinois Lupus Walk in 2007!

"Our First Walk for LSI! Naperville 2007
Thanks for All you do for Us."

Share your own memories on Social Media (use #LSI50) or on our website here.


Are you Running the
Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
Join Lupus Charity Runners!

All of our RUNNERS receive the following benefits:

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! 



Join iGive today (for free) via this link: https://www.iGive.com/LupusSocietyofIllinoi When you login & shop their 2,000+ stores (think Chewy, Walmart, Expedia and so many more), we'll earn donations!

Click here for more.


Donate unused gift cards online. You can now exchange your unused or partially used gift cards to benefit

Click here for more.


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).  


Lupus Clinical Trial Opportunity

If you have lupus, you may qualify.  
• Do you have active lupus that is not responding to your current medications?
• Are you between the ages of 18-65?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial testing if a new type of cellular therapy is effective and safe in treating active lupus.



LaShon's Support Group pizza party

Support Group Meeting Update

LaShon and her support group met for a pizza party in May for their "lupus awareness social"! 

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!


312-542-0002 | info@lupusil.org 
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