Roughly one year ago, I began my role as President of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. Since all three Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run events had already taken place, I had been patiently waiting for the fall of 2016 to arrive so I could experience each one firsthand.Continue Reading →
As a culinary student, Matt Lepisto was taught the value of giving back. “I knew I would someday give back to the community using my talents,” Matt said, but admits he had no idea what form that would take. The answer came quickly … as a featured chef at the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota’s (LFM) Lupus Food and Wine Classic.
Matt was no stranger to lupus, his uncle was diagnosed with the disease when Matt was ...Continue Reading →
Today, we launch a blog series that will take a look at new research from various sources, broken down in digestible pieces by Dr. Emily Gillespie, one of LFM’s 2014 and 2015 Lupus Clinical Research Grant recipients. Following her passion for research writing, Dr. Gillespie will provide these updates on a regular basis, and we plan to introduce them in this publication, as well as on our social media platforms.
The first installment talks about lupus and personalized medicine and its possible implications for better lupus treatments.Continue Reading →
Donating to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) through payroll deduction is easy thanks to Community Health Charities (CHC), the region’s largest federation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by chronic illness.
As a member of CHC, LFM is one of 40 local charities who benefit from workplace giving programs at over 200 different businesses in Minnesota. When ...Continue Reading →
An occupational therapist’s five easy ways to improve daily activity
by Brenda Frie, MA, OTR/L CHT
Joint pain and inflammation within the hands and feet are often symptoms of lupus. The inflammatory process associated with lupus can expand the joint capsule, stretching supporting ligaments, which can decrease joint stability. It is important for anyone living with lupus to be aware of positions that protect joints from the force of everyday activities.
In my clinical practice as a hand therapist, I have found the following principles of joint protection to be helpful in reducing joint stress:
- Use the largest joint available to transfer the force ...
If you’re participating in this annual day of giving, don’t forget LFM
Just around the corner, on Thursday, November 17, is Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual day of giving. The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) would be humbled to receive a gift in honor of our 40th anniversary.
Consider a dollar-per-year gift in recognition of four decades of funding lupus research, providing education, support and referrals to people living with lupus, and bringing greater public awareness of the disease. Your donation via the GiveMN platform continues to support these initiatives, launching us into the next 40 years.
On Give to the ...Continue Reading →
Caitlyn McCarthy designates funds in honor of her grandmother
It’s always fun to learn about the story behind gifts that come in to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) and recently we had the opportunity to meet with an individual whose volunteerism was acknowledged by her employer.
Caitlyn McCarthy was named Polaris’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Annually, this honor is bestowed upon an employee who is nominated by his or her peers for demonstrating exceptional volunteerism in their local community and for helping make a significant difference in the lives of others. As a reward, the volunteer receives $1,000 to donate ...Continue Reading →
Recently, we have been made aware of attempts by someone other than the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) to notify folks about a lupus pickup service. To be clear, LFM stopped our collection of in-kind goods (clothing and household items) in January of 2015.
We are committed to communicating at every opportunity on issues important to you and the people we serve. As a reminder, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is an independent non-profit, not affiliated with any national organization.
As always, thank you for your dedication to LFM.Continue Reading →
As the world continues to transition from desktop computers to more and more mobile devices, LFM’s website is now mobile friendly! The LupusMN.org website now automatically formats content for a better experience on your cell phone or tablet.
Beyond the mobile-responsive update, content is rearranged a bit around our organizational pillars – research, education and support, and awareness. The calendar has been color-coded and the news section re-developed for easier cataloging and reference.
Be patient as we continue to fine-tune this new site, and look for additional features as time goes on.Continue Reading →
The City of Duluth and Mayor Emily Larson have proclaimed October 15 as “Lupus Awareness Day” in the city on the Lake Superior shore. The proclamation coincides with the sixth annual Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run-Duluth, and further amplifying awareness, Enger Tower, a five-story beacon atop the Duluth skyline, will be aglow in lupus purple the night before the event.
What a grand show of support from the city!Continue Reading →