News Stories

Tell the world what “lupus is”

Lupus E-News Story
published August 28, 2014

Awareness – it’s one of the pillars of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota’s mission. We attempt to raise awareness in everything that we do. But today we kick off a campaign that is strictly about raising awareness.

The campaign highlights what YOU, those touched by lupus, believe lupus is.

Encourage your friends to participate in a lupus research study

Lupus E-News Story
published August 28, 2014

If you have friends who are over the age of 18 and do not have lupus, they may be eligible to act as control subjects for a research study examining the gene expression patterns for patients with autoimmune and other disorders.

Support group training connects patients, supporters and experts

Lupus E-News Story
published August 28, 2014

Support groups are an essential means for promoting community and wellness among those living with lupus. Keeping these groups and their facilitators up-to-date on the latest in lupus research and pain management is critical to their ongoing success.

That’s why LFM hosted a special retreat for support group facilitators on August 9. Featuring a variety of presenters, it offered participants a chance to learn more about lupus, as well as meet one another and begin a dialogue on the best practices for support group facilitation.

Exercise program benefits those with joint pain and fatigue

Lupus E-News Story
published August 28, 2014

“The first time I tried exercising with weights and cardio segments I cried. The pain was unbearable and I couldn’t squat.”

These discouraging words were uttered by Regan Mizuno, referring to an attempt to exercise after she was initially diagnosed with lupus. She desperately wanted to exercise without the debilitating pain she was experiencing, so she began trying different ways to exercise that did not exacerbate the pain in her joints. Once Mizuno discovered what worked for her, she wanted to know why it worked.

Managing symptoms through healthy eating

Lupus E-News Story by Amanda Sue Watson
published August 28, 2014

Balanced nutrition is an excellent opportunity to manage symptoms and reduce potential issues related to lupus and other life stressors. While there is not a specific diet plan for lupus management, there are a number of things you can incorporate to feel empowered in your journey.

Summer + sunshine: living well with lupus

Lupus E-News Story
published July 30, 2014

It’s summertime – one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Summer can be a time for livin’ easy, rejuvenation, and enjoying warmer weather and sunshine.

Yet, summertime is not so easy for people living with lupus.

State’s top poker players “all in” for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

Lupus E-News Story
published May 30, 2014

Two of Minnesota’s very best poker players, Blake Bohn and Matt Alexander, have made a very generous and very exciting pledge to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.

Curlers team up for good cause at Four Seasons Curling Club

ABC Newspapers Article by Jason Olson
published May 5, 2014

An inaugural celebrity curling tournament at Four Seasons Curling Club brought together one of the broadest and most well-known collections of curlers to take part in an event to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota at the Blaine ice sheet. The Lupus Spiel tournament ran Friday through Sunday, May 2-4.

Time to Roar: Stepping Out for Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus E-News Story by Jennifer Monroe, LFM President
published April 30, 2014

What does dedicating a month to awareness of lupus actually accomplish? It seems that there are so many months dedicated to so many health issues and diseases. There are those that garner a large amount of national attention and recognition, those which have high profile celebrity spokespeople, extensive media campaigns, and those that are very well known in the public consciousness.

And then there is lupus.

How I Got This Body: Chris Cronick

Star Tribune Article by Sheila Mulrooney Eldred
published March 31, 2014

2013 Lupus Ambassador and spinning instructor Chris Cronick is peddling past a mountain of health issues. You’d never guess that Chris Cronick has survived open-heart surgery, blood sepsis, pneumonia, six joint replacements, and that she continues to live with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease.

Jamming awareness, fundraising and fun into 24 hours on air

Lupus E-News Story by Cory Cove, KFAN 1003.FM
published March 31, 2014

We are entering our seventh year doing the 24-hour show benefitting the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM). It’s pretty hard to believe it’s already seven years. Seems like just a few months ago we were giving this thing our first attempt and in the process making tons of mistakes. But seven years later, we’ve built this thing from an $1800 science experiment gone wrong into an event that brought in over $50,000 last year …

A call for art: express yourself and raise lupus awareness

Lupus E-News Story
published March 31, 2014

Raising awareness about lupus is essential to improving the diagnosis and treatment of this chronic condition. The arts (including poetry, writing, photography, painting, music, sculptures) can be powerful ways to both express oneself and provide a creative lens for others to learn about lupus.

May is Lupus Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness and educate others about this life changing disease. To engage people in learning about lupus, we invite you to submit an original piece of your artwork that tells a story about your experience living with lupus.

Involvement opportunities abound for the Lupus Food and Wine Classic

Lupus E-News Story
published March 31, 2014

It takes a village … we are continuously amazed by the “lupus village” and your generosity and support when it comes to supporting the mission of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota whether it’s through our events or simply remembering us with a regular gift.

Our next major fundraising event, the fourth annual Lupus Food and Wine Classic, provides an opportunity for “the village” to gather, acknowledge May as Lupus Awareness Month and raise funds together to support our efforts to end lupus.

Already a handful of sponsors, donors, restaurants and wineries have committed their support. We’re anticipating another great event and there are multitudes of ways you can be involved both before or on the day of the event on May 7 at the Mall of America:

Bloomington support group leader reflects: living well with lupus

Lupus E-News Story
published February 28, 2014

Just over 25 years ago, my mother died from complications involving lupus. She was a wonderful mother and a dear friend. Prior to her death and continuing to this day, I made financial contributions to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) in her honor.

Studies explore higher cancer risk in children with lupus

Lupus E-News Story
published February 28, 2014

When people think of the fight against lupus, they usually think of the long and winding path full of different hurdles that a person living with the chronic disease must learn to overcome. But did you ever think that one of those hurdles could be cancer?

Curling and lupus: As the Winter Olympics approach, lupus patient Regan Mizuno shares her passion for curling for health and raising awareness and funds

Lupus E-News Story
published January 31, 2014

Lupus and curling: you wouldn’t necessarily think of them as a match, would you? However, I found that the sport has been one of the best things that has happened to me, and has changed my life for the better.

Introducing Sandy Parnell, LFM’s Director of Education

Lupus E-News Story
published January 31, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Sandy Parnell, MSW, has joined our Client Service staff at the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) in the role of Director of Education.

Celebrating life in the face of a life-changing disease

Lupus E-News Story
published November 27, 2013

For the past 30 years, Rachel Neutzling of St. Cloud has been engaging in the fight against lupus. She sees every day as a blessing and truly lives life to the fullest, but for her, that 30-year mark was really something to celebrate. This is her remarkable story.

Healthcare law enrollment now extended to December 23 for coverage starting January 1

Lupus E-News Story
published November 27, 2013

Starting in January, most U.S. Citizens and legal residents are required to have health insurance. If you are already covered by private insurance, you likely can keep what you have, if it meets eligibility standards under the new health care law, or change to a plan of your choice that does. If you have been previously uninsured, or wish to switch or ‘shop’ for plans, you can access the availability and cost of various programs available under new insurance exchanges.

LFM participating in fifth annual Give to the Max Day on November 14

Lupus E-News Story
published October 31, 2013

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota is one of the many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that will once again ask Minnesotans to display their record-breaking generosity by donating to their favorite causes online at GiveMN.org during the fifth annual “Give to the Max Day” on Thursday, November 14.

Huge thanks for Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run support

Lupus E-News Story
published September 30, 2013

A record-breaking 1,400 participants gathered in Plymouth and Rochester on September 14 and September 28 respectively to help raise funds and awareness for lupus at the annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events. To-date the Twin Cities walk alone raised over $65,000.

Not just par for the course: personal connection tees up golf league fundraiser

Lupus E-News Story
published September 30, 2013

When Catherine (Katie) Tocko’s women’s golf league at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley was looking for a new charity for their annual Women’s Thursday Night Golf League Fundraiser, Katie knew it would be for the cause that was nearest and dearest to her heart … the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.

Co-chairs committed to Walk/5K in Duluth

Lupus E-News Story
published August 29, 2013

“It is important to us because it enables us to be proactive in fighting this insidious disease,” says Lois Backscheider of the event she and fellow lupus fighter Jody Anderson co-chair. “In this way, those of us with lupus are able to take control of, and fight back against, the disease we battle daily.”

Mom inspiration for intern’s work at LFM

Lupus E-News Story by Mercedes Pitzer, LFM Administrative Support
published July 31, 2013

Growing up, I always thought I would become a pharmacist just like my grandfather. However, after my first semester at North Dakota State University, I quickly realized that it was not for me. I changed my major to Health Communication and never looked back. Not only am I completely devoted to the career path that I am now embarking on, but I am just as passionate about it too.

Here comes the sun … but are you ready?

Lupus E-News Story
published May 31, 2013

It’s spring, almost summer, and everyone is clamoring for the warmth and cheeriness that comes with the sun as outdoor activities ramp up! However, it’s not all cheery when it comes to the effects of sun exposure, especially for those with lupus.

Autoimmune Disease Forum Scheduled for May 18 in Eagan

Eagan Patch Story
published May 11, 2013

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota is a co-sponsor of “What Every American Needs to Know about Autoimmune Disease,” a forum hosted by the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, happening Saturday, May 18, in Eagan. A handful of national and Minnesota medical professionals will speak on a variety of autoimmune topics. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. More information and registration is available here.

Take back control with LFM-hosted holistic health workshops

Lupus E-News Story
published April 30, 2013

Sometimes lupus can take over – physically, mentally and emotionally. Some overwhelming outside factors may include seeing specialists, prescription side effects, medical tests and procedures.  All of this can leave a person feeling like their life no longer belongs to them.

Edina Art Fair adopts LFM as charity partner

Lupus E-News Story
published April 30, 2013

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) has been selected as the charity partner of one of the largest art fairs in Minnesota: the Edina Art Fair. In its 47th year, the event takes place May 31-June 2 at the 50th and France quarter in Edina.

Sludgeathon: My favorite day of radio benefits LFM

Lupus E-News Story by Cory Cove, a.k.a. Sludge, KFAN
published March 29, 2013

I’ll be broadcasting my sixth annual 24-hour show benefitting the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota this April 20th through the 21st on FM 100.3 KFAN. I’ll be doing a show for 24 straight hours, aided along the way by tons of friends and coworkers such as Chris Hawkey, Paul Lambert (Meatsauce), Paul Allen, The Common Man Dan Cole …

LFM announces 2013 Student Summer Fellowships for research in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus E-News Story
published March 29, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota is pleased to announce this year’s selection of recipients to the 2013 Student Summer Research Fellowship Program. Funding awarded for summer fellowships 2013 totals approximately $20,000.

Individual consultations are a key focus of LFM’s Client Services

Lupus E-News Story
published March 29, 2013

Among the variety of group meetings, online and in-person support options and educational webinars offered by LFM, there is one service that concentrates on the needs of the individual and family in a private and comfortable setting … the individual consultation.

Working together to provide support in English and Spanish/Trabajando juntos para dar apoyo en inglés y en español

Lupus E-News Story
published February 28, 2013

On February 12 and 26, LFM Client Services provided Spanish presentations on living with lupus at Discapacitados Abriendose Caminos (D.A.C). D.A.C. is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota that is solely dedicated to the challenge of disability as it affects Latino families, however anyone needing services are welcome …

Funding work towards a world without lupus

Lupus E-News Story
published January 31, 2013

The vision of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is boldly and simply stated: A World without Lupus

Towards that end, LFM annually funds promising clinical researchers in their efforts to discover better ways to treat, cure, and help prevent lupus.  In December the foundation awarded $93,457 in grants to three Minnesota-based researchers in order to pursue these efforts.

LFM offers summer fellowship program for college students

Lupus E-News Story
published January 31, 2013

Since 1981, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota has provided college-aged students with the unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. To date, support from individual donors have provided over $330,000 to provide  110 fellows with the opportunity to work on vital research efforts aimed at improved detection, treatment and a cure.

Applications are being accepted now for this summer’s fellowships at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

Increasing lupus knowledge with the lupus conference

Lupus E-News Story
published January 31, 2013

The air buzzed with enthusiasm as approximately 100 attendees converged on December 15 for a fast-paced day of lupus education, including keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a research panel, all designed to further discussions between lives impacted both personally and professionally by lupus.

It was the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota’s Lupus: Advancements in Management, Treatment and Research conference …

You can make a difference, stride by stride, and side by side

Lupus E-News Story
published August 21, 2012

Join the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota for our annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run.

“Change can only occur with spirit, awareness and the motivation to make a difference.”  ou can make a difference too, as thousands join us for the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events …

“Just the thing” for budding researchers

Lupus E-News Story
published August 21, 2012

A career in clinical research is not for everyone, but for students like Pietro Miozzo and Brianna Lauer, it is just the thing. For Pietro, who is a sophomore at Yale University and is studying molecular, cellular and developmental biology in the pre-medicine program there, it’s exactly his thing. As an LFM Fellowship recipient, Pietro is currently …

Fatigue management program expanding statewide

Lupus E-News Story
published August 21, 2012

This fall, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota will offer Get Up & Go: Boost Your Energy, a six-week fatigue management program, in three locations statewide. The success of last year’s pilot program is driving its expansion to other parts of the state.

Your gift makes a difference

Lupus E-News Story
published August 21, 2012

When you donate to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM), you can be confident that you’re helping us in critical ways to meet our overall mission. But you might ask how does that gift translate into helping individuals? Or what difference does my donation make to help those in need right now, today? Learn more through three personal stories ….

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