Vision: A World without Lupus
Mission: While working towards finding a cure, we support those impacted by lupus and promote a deeper understanding of the disease.
Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
November 2013
Celebrating life 
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.
  
Neutzling was diagnosed at the age of nine on December 28, 1983. She had been experiencing high fevers, severe weight loss, dizziness, and rashes. Originally, doctors thought that she might have Scarlet fever. However, after a reaction to a medication landed her in the hospital, a team of puzzled medical professionals decided to test her for lupus.  
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Rachel (front, pig tails and purple robe) in the hospital 30 years ago
  
Above: Rachel Neutzling (orange jersey, front) with some family and friends at her "Celebration of Life" in September
Mayo Clinic's Niewold to conduct lupus updates webinar in January
Join the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota for an "Updates in Lupus" webinar on Thursday, January 23 at Noon. Dr. Timothy Niewold of the Mayo Clinic's Division of Rheumatology and Department of Immunology will provide participants with a review of what is happening in lupus research and management.  Niewold's presentation will be followed by time for direct questions. Watch Facebook and Twitter for an opportunity to pose questions prior to the webinar. 

 

In the meantime, mark your calendar, register today,  and plan to join us from the comfort of your own computer for this informative session.

  
Dr. Timothy Niewold, Mayo Clinic
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Healthcare law enrollment now extended to December 23 for coverage starting January 1
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.
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Remember LFM in your year-end giving
As you consider your charitable gifts between now and the end of the year, remember the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. Gifts that are made now can generate income tax deductions that could help reduce your tax bill for 2013.  Plus your gift supports our mission of working towards finding a cure, supporting those impacted by lupus and promoting a deeper understanding of the disease. Donate now online and explore other ways to get involved or give.
2013 Lupus Ambassador Chris Cronick

In search Lupus Ambassadors for 2014
This volunteer position serves to provide a "face" to lupus -- lending your story to Foundation events, especially the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events -- and connects with others to help fundraise and raise awareness of lupus and LFM. You maybe saw 2013 Lupus Ambassador Chris Cronick this past year, as she attended the Walk/5K events, did some blogging and other volunteer duties for LFM. It's a rewarding experience for you, while helping promote lupus awareness and fundraising. Opportunities exist for ambassadors outside of the metro area as well.
  
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or wishes to be considered for this role, please complete the volunteer application and return it to LFM by January 6, along with a brief statement about why you'd be a good Lupus Ambassador.

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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
Email: info@lupusmn.org
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