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
Febrary 2014
Studies explore higher cancer risk in children with lupus
 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?

Well, according to Nancy Walsh of MedPage Today, recent studies have shown that "children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) had an increased risk for cancer, particularly for malignancies that were hematologic in origin." 

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Bloomington support group leader reflections: living well with lupus

by Judy Johsnon


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. 

But after her death, I felt a need to do more to honor her memory and all the volunteering she did in the community. I called LFM to see if they could use me as a volunteer, and I shared that I had experience in support group facilitation. They were overjoyed to have someone calling them to be a support group leader!  Thus was born the Bloomington Lupus Support Group.  

After meeting monthly for over 25 years, my co-facilitator Arlene Knutson and I are stepping away from our support group duties ...  

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Your used goods and clothing benefit LFM
Even if winter still has a grip on us, is it time for a little Spring cleaning? Drop off your used clothing, household goods and unwanted items during the Strive for the Drive happening Saturday, March 22 at the Community Donation Center in the Unique Thrift Store in New Hope. This one-day event seeks to collect 10,000 pounds of gently used items to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM). Come learn about our programs and supportive services from LFM staff who will be onsite to talk with you from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items will be accepted all day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call for volunteers: LFM group facilitator training
Are you interested in facilitating a community support and education group for people living with lupus?  Groups meet across our service area and are designed to build connections, provide support and information, and promote health and wellness. LFM provides facilitator training, consultation, resources, and technical support. Our next training will be offered this spring. To get started or for more information, contact Sandy at LFM.


Thank you, volunteers!

 We wish to express sincere gratitude to the following support group leaders who have recently retired from their role as facilitators. Thank you for your commitment to our mission of supporting those with lupus in our communities!
  • Judy Johnson
  • Arlene Knutson
  • Amie Kommareddy
  • Steve Sarrazin  

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2626 East 82nd Street
Bloomington, MN 55425

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