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October 2021  

A Letter from the President

I hope this email finds you well!

There is a lot going on at the LSI!  Be sure to read on for information on the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon team - and how to join us for the 2022 event, the RUSH Lupus Clinic - LSI educational event, a Lupus Research Review by Dr. Robert Katz on Lupus and Anxiety & Depression, the upcoming GivingTuesday event and MORE!

Halloween is this week and we hope you have a safe and FUN weekend!  LSI's Lupus Spoons Support Group, lead by Mari, celebrated by decorating purple pumpkins.  We are so grateful to Mari and everyone who participated in that activity keep lupus in their hearts and on display!  you can see the photos Mari shared here.

Speaking of lupus and heart, the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lupus Charity Runners team was awe inspiring on October 10th.  This was the first year back after COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 event.  

As is true every year, we are so proud of all of our runners.  We're always honored when we have repeat team members and we did this year as well.

We are recruiting runners for the 2022 Chicago Marathon right now.  If you are interested, please contact mary@lupusil.org or click here.

Funds raised from all of LSI's events go to our mission in Illinois.  Thanks to YOU we are able to provide educational events at no cost to participants.  Thanks to YOU we are able to provide support to the lupus community when they have nowhere else to turn.  THANK YOU!.

Together we make a difference



Dr Robert Katz
Lupus and Anxiety & Depression


GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021.


Rush Lupus Clinic-LSI Educational Event


4th Annual Rush Lupus Clinic-LSI Educational Event
December 4, 2021- 9:30am-1:30pm - Web Meeting

Topics Covered:

  • Covid19 and Other Vaccines in Lupus, Presented by Dr. Dmitriy Cherny
  • Different Types of Lupus, Presented by Dr. Ailda Nika
  • Steroids in Lupus- Good or Bad?,  Presented by Dr. Meenakshi Jolly
  • and the popular Rush Lupus Clinic Staff panel discussion

Registration required for web meeting access.

Catch up on past webinars on our YouTube channel!

Managing Lupus

Introduction to Lupus & Lupus Nephritis



Dr. Robert Katz

By Dr. Robert Katz

The effects of exercise intervention on health-related quality of life in patients with systemic lupus in the journal Healthcare.

In this study, 1,058 articles were reviewed, and nine of them discussed systemic lupus and exercise. Five of them were randomized controlled trials, which is the best form of reliable research. The things that were positive were that exercise intervention compared to usual care might be able to improve the physical functioning and health-related quality of life in patients with lupus.


Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Thanks to all of our amazing runners who participated in the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!  An inspiring journey for each of our runners that resulted in an inspiring day!

Funds raised through Lupus Charity Runners goes directly toward LSI's mission!

For more information and to join Lupus Charity runners for the 2022 Chicago Marathon, please click here or email mary@lupusil.org.


Steppin' Out for Lupus Dinner Dance 
April 29, 2022 | Nikos Banquets Bar & Grill | 7600 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, IL

Join the Associate Board as they raise funds and awareness for lupus with Steppin' Out for Lupus!  Enjoy:

  • Live music by The Band Chi Town
  • DJ 
  • Dance Lessons
  • Speakers:
  • Dr. Ailda Nika, Medical Treatment/Medications 
  •  Ta'She'Ana Banks, author "Cracked Foundation"

And More!  Get your tickets and find out more here.


2021 Lupus Walks!

Thanks to everyone who made the 2021 Lupus Walks a success!  

Check out these videos:

Virtual Walk Video

Contest Winner Video



Mari & Her Purple Pumpkin!

Lupus Spoons & Purple Pumpkins!

Lupus Spoons Support Group, lead by Mari, celebrated Halloween by decorating purple pumpkins!  thanks, Mari and all of our lupus supporters for keeping lupus in your hearts and on display this holiday season!

Click here for more photos Mari shared!

New Support Group!

LSI is proud to work with dedicated and compassionate volunteers who organize and lead support groups throughout the state. 

LSI has a new Lupus Support Group starting in Central Illinois.  The first meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2021 from 6-7pm.

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!


Another exciting event from our friends at UIC Fraternity Theta Lambda Beta:

Deadlifts for Lupus II
November 6, 2021; 1-6pm
This event is both virtual and in person.  Click here for more information!


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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