May is Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
April 2014

Time to Roar: Stepping Out for Lupus Awareness Month
This issue of Lupus News and the May activities listed within it are dedicated to recognizing Lupus Awareness Month. 

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. 
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On your mark, get set, BID! Whether or not you're attending the annual Lupus Food & Wine Classic, you can participate in this year's new online auction. So grab your smartphone or mobile device and start shopping the thousands of dollars worth of items available. Click "Register Today" on the mobile site to create your auction account. If you are not attending the auction, arrangements must be made for shipping / delivery. The auction closes at 8 p.m. on May 7.

Winter Watson
Friday, May 2

Join yoga instructor Winter Watson for a special event combining both Vinyasa yoga and fundraising for LFM. Winter is thrilled to be bringing together her love of yoga with her passion for raising awareness of lupus. And every class she teaches at Yoga Sol in the future will yield a donation to LFM. Open to all levels of experience. Preregistration is not required.
Yoga Sol, 21 Fifth Street NE, Minneapolis
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Friday - Sunday, May 2 - 4

Experience a weekend of curling action at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. Try your hand at curling, meet Olympic athletes and World Bronze Medalists, cheer on participants in the pro-am curling bonspiel, and take in the dinner and dance on Saturday night. Open to curlers of all ages and abilities. 
Fogerty Arena, 9250 Lincoln Street NE, Blaine

Lupus 'Spiel USA organizer Regan Mizuno

Tune in to KFAN Radio (100.3 FM) to hear Cory "Sludge" Cove of the Power Trip Morning Show broadcast for 24 hours straight to raise funds and lupus awareness. Joined by a host of celebrity friends and KFAN personalities, Cory will be playing recorded stories from folks affected by lupus, offering up donation incentives, auctioning off sports memorabilia and experiences, and having fun. 

100.3 FM, online at and
Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday

Dr. Parastoo Fazeli, Director of the Lupus Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, will discuss the risks involved with pregnancy in women with lupus. Participants will learn about proper monitoring and management, including the use of alternative therapy and the role of vitamins and supplements. Free, but preregistration is required.
Via your computer
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Parastoo Fazeli

Join LFM for the annual Lupus Food and Wine Classic fundraiser, an evening to enjoy some of the Twin Cities' best culinary delights, each paired with a wine sampling. Sip and nibble while taking in live entertainment and perusing the silent auction. Purchase your ticket today.
 Mall of America, Bloomington
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join instructor Erin Thompson for the latest in our Community Connections Series. Improve your coordination and mobility and minimize pain and tension by learning how to improve your posture and alignment in daily activities. Free, but please contact Sandy Parnell via email or phone at 952-746-5151 by May 11 to register.


LFM Conference Room, Bloomington
12:00 t0 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 16

Please join us every third Friday of the month for Charlas sobre Lupus ("Chat about Lupus"), our Spanish-language support group. Contact Sandy Parnell via email or phone at 952-746-5151 for more information.

LFM Conference Room, Bloomington
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday, May 17 - 18

Be a superhero for lupus! LFM is proud to be a charity partner of the Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) for their annual SpringCon Comic Book Celebration. Enjoy 100,000 square feet of comic book action, including a charity auction, prizes, and a costume contest, and meet the creative folks behind your favorite comic books and graphic novels. Contact LFM if you'd like to volunteer at the event or stop by our table to say "hi" or make a donation.
For more details, visit the Midwest Comic Book Association.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Tuesday, May 20

Learn the dynamics of group process and development, as well as other skills necessary to becoming a support group facilitator for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota. Open to both new and experienced facilitators. Free, but please register by contacting Sandy Parnell via email or phone at 952-746-5151 by May 19.

LFM Conference Room, Bloomington
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21

Join us for a gentle introduction to yoga. You will practice a variety of standing and reclining poses (asana) and focus on breathing and relaxation techniques. Great for stress relief! Yoga can also help increase your flexibility and balance and help you learn how to be more present in your daily life. Class is free, but limited to six participants. Please register by contacting Sandy Parnell via email or phone at 952-746-5151.
LFM's Third Floor Conference Room, Bloomington
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


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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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