Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
May 2013
Here comes the sun ... but are you ready?

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.


The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have identified broad spectrum UV as a human carcinogen. UV radiation (including UVA and UVB rays) is the main factor responsible for skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and possibly melanoma.


In addition to these risks, for those individuals with lupus, sun exposure can intensify existing symptoms or lead to skin rashes or a lupus flare. In addition, a number of medications taken for lupus may increase one's sensitivity to the sun.  

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Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run registration now open
Sign up today and take the first step toward participating in this year's Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run. Online registration is now open for the annual events, held in the Twin CitiesRochester and Duluth.
Sign up as an individual or as a team. Then, start recruiting your family and friends to join you or to contribute to your fundraising goal.

There are many other ways to contribute, such as donating to the silent auction, becoming a corporate sponsor, purchasing a tribute sign to honor those you know touched by lupus, or donating event refreshments and supplies.
Click the city links above or at right for more event information and to register. For sponsorship and other involvements, contact LFM via email or 952-746-5151/800-645-1131.
Register Now!  



Twin Cities

September 14

French Regional Park, Plymouth


September 28

Essex Park


October 5

Lakewalk, beginning at Grandma's Sports Garden

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Lupus Food and Wine Classic paired fun and fundraising
For the third year, Minnesota wineries and top Twin Cities restaurants came together at the Mall of America to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.
Approximately 300 guests attended the May 1 event and had the opportunity to sample and sip while enjoying musical entertainment by Jimmi and the Band of Souls, bid on auction items and make selections from the new wine wall.
"(LFM has) introduced me to so many terrific people in the last few weeks," wrote one guest, following the event. "LFM has truly been a wonderful resource for me and last night it was obvious just how many people you have helped and lives you have touched."
A special thank you to all our restaurants, wineries, sponsors, silent auction donors and guests for making the night a success.
Our Facebook album contains a handful of event photos. See if you can spot your friends, tag those you know and relive the evening.

LFM offers children with lupus and their families a chance to attend Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine offers respite, support, joy and hope to children with lupus and their immediate families. The camp, which is nestled along the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine, during Lupus Week on August 18-23, is free and LFM provides a scholarship, which helps cover flight costs for a family to attend.
Early application is encouraged. For additional information and an application, contact Cheryl Como via email or 952-746-5151.
Adaptive Yoga
Holistic health series kicks off in June with adaptive yoga
Stregthen your mind-body connection and join LFM for adapative yoga, as part of the Holistic Health Series, which kicks off June 19. Space is limited; register early.
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Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
The Atrium Suite 135
2626 East 82nd Street
Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 952-746-5151
Toll-Free: 1-800-645-1131
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