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 →
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 →
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 →
Your participation makes the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K runs a reality
Each year, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) staff always enjoys seeing the messages of support people include when they contribute to the Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run events, whether they’re donating on top of their participation as a walker or runner, or if the gifts are coming from people who are unable to attend.
The reality is our Walk/5K events aren’t possible without you. Because of the connections you have in the community and the influence you have with friends, family members, co-workers and beyond, ...Continue Reading →
Several initiatives focus on research, support and education
LFM turns 40 this year! Like one would do upon a 40th wedding anniversary or a 40th birthday, we’re reflecting upon from where we’ve come, where we’re going, and the people that have made us who we are today. A series of initiatives throughout the year are helping us celebrate as well as fundraise to continue into the next 40.
Lupus Food, Wine & Brew Classic: Over 300 people joined us to kick off our 40th anniversary year. The night’s program highlighted LFM’s three pillars of work – research, awareness, and support/education – and ...Continue Reading →
Detroit Lakes Eagles/Auxiliary raise awareness and funds for LFM
Lupus awareness and fundraising takes to the road next month … specifically to Detroit Lakes, where the Fraternal Order of Eagles Detroit Lakes Aerie and Ladies Auxiliary #2342 will host a charity ride for lupus. On June 11, motorcycle riders and passengers are invited to join the Eagles for this day-long event, which begins with the ride itself and is followed by a social hour, hog roast dinner, and music.
The inspiration behind this charity ride comes from the two current presidents of the Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary, Sean and Cylinda Scheiben. Sean ...Continue Reading →
While running Grandma’s Marathon, Meghan Bertheaume is raising funds for lupus
Lupus impacts many beyond the individual living with the chronic autoimmune disease. It also affects family, friends, caregivers, and coworkers. Although treatment, medications, and a healthy lifestyle can help people with lupus live well with the disease, the battle is sometimes lost.
Megan Bertheaume understands this reality all too well. Her aunt, Gail Thrasher, suffered from lupus. Gail was diagnosed in her 50s and managed her symptoms with the use of medication. Unfortunately, she passed away unexpectedly due to lupus complications last June at the age of 68, just weeks shy ...Continue Reading →
Friends of LFM put the “fun” in fundraising
This fall has been a busy one for Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) supporters, and we are honored to have been part of the fun! Here are a few highlights of what our friends have been up to on the field, on the dance floor, and out in the great outdoors to support our work to raise awareness and funds.
Kicks for Causes at UMD
The University of Minnesota Duluth ...Continue Reading →