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October 2022 

A Letter from the President

I hope this email finds you well and safe.

It's hard to believe next week is Halloween.  We hope you have a fun (and spookey!) holiday.  The end of the year is fast approaching - and LSI has some great events coming up and planning for 2023 is underway!

Congratulations to all the Lupus Charity Runners who participated in the
2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!  If you ever want to feel inspired, spend time at the LSI's Cheer Tent on race day.  We're honored by our runners who raise awareness and funds for lupus. 

If you've ever wanted to run a marathon, look into Lupus Charity Runners.  We have guaranteed spots for the 2023 Chicago Marathon. We have a great program.  Find out more here.

This Saturday, LSI is proud to partner with Kathleen & David Arntsen from the Lupus & Allied Diseases Association on the Enhancing Lives by Empowering the Lupus Community Chicago Education Symposium & Luncheon.

This event will feature presentations from LSI's Board Chair, Dr. Robert Katz, as well as presentations from Kathleen Arntsen "The Power of Advocacy: Promoting Participation to Improve Care and Advance Research" and David Arntsen "Care Partner Perspectives: I Love Someone with Lupus."

This event is for anyone with lupus and anyone who cares about someone with lupus.

For more information and to register click here.

We have another webinar coming up November 10, 2022.  Lupus & Fibromyalgia will be presented by Dr. Alexandra Katz -Small.  Registration is required for access information. 

And our final event of the year is our annual Rush Lupus Clinic & LSI Educational event.  This is another year of outstanding presentations and the panel discussion with the Rush Lupus Doctors.

We hope you'll make it to all of our upcoming activities.

Together we make a difference.


Upcoming Activites

Enjoy this fun and spooky holiday!

Lifts for Lupus III
November 14-27

GivingTuesday - November 29, 2022


Dmitriy Cherny, M.D.


The causes of lupus are complex, but it is known that a type of immune cell called a B-Cell, is thought to play a central role in lupus. For some patients, existing treatments are not able to control their disease, leading to devastating consequences. These patients are said to have “refractory lupus.” In these cases, experimental treatments are sometimes given. 



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Annual RUSH Lupus Clinic & LSI Educational Event

Saturday, December 3, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Rush University Medical Center
Searle Conference Center, Main Lounge, 5th floor
1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Join us on December 3, 2022 at 9:30am for another opportunity to learn from the experts.  

FIVE topics: Lupus & the Skin, Lupus & Men, New Medications & Lupus, Lupus & Body Image and What's it like to be a healthcare professional with lupus?

Like all of our annual RUSH Lupus Clinic Events, there will be a panel discussion with the Rush team.

Find out more and register today!


Lupus & the Skin
Presented by Dr. Penelope Skopis

Lupus & Men
Presented by Dr.  Dmitriy Cherny 

New Medications & Lupus
Presented by Dr. Ailda Nika

Lupus & Body Image
Presented by Dr. Meenakshi Jolly

What’s it like to be a healthcare professional with lupus?
Presented by Stacy Jaimes, MD &  
LaShon Gurrola, BSN, RN,  

Rush Lupus Clinic Panel Discussion


Alexandra Katz Small, M.D.

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

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that can occur alone or secondary to connective tissue disorders such as lupus. Studies suggest that about 25% of people who have lupus also have fibromyalgia.  It is important for people who have lupus to learn about fibromyalgia because symptoms of both conditions can be similar, but the treatments are different. 



Our 2022 Lupus Charity Runner Team were amazing!  We were honored to get to know our 26 runners and so excited to be a part of their marathon journey.

This year's team brought in $45,000 towards our mission in Illinois.  

We've already started recruiting for the 2023 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!  

If you have a spot in the race, join Lupus Charity Runners and get ALL of the benefits with NO fundraising minimum!

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! 


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.



New 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!


312-542-0002 | info@lupusil.org 
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