Celebrating 40 Years!
It began in 1973 with a commitment to serve Illinois’ lupus community.
A group of volunteers got together to approve the constitution of the newly formed Lupus Erythematosus Society of Illinois – the organization currently known as the Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter.
Back then, a lupus diagnosis carried with it a life expectancy of ten years. Worse yet, those with the disease, vulnerable from the knowledge of living with a life-threatening, chronic illness, had nowhere to turn for support – until that group of volunteers decided to assist those who needed it.
It’s hard to imagine what life must have been like for those living with lupus in 1973.
Even today there are misconceptions about lupus – that it’s AIDS, cancer, contagious, an STD.
40 years ago, things changed.
As the LFAI looks to celebrate 40 years of service, we are striving to ensure we are able to meet the needs of Illinois’ lupus community for the next 40 years.
12 month celebration.
We begin with a 12 month celebration beginning on April 17, 2013 and continuing through April 16, 2014. For the entire year, LFAI will highlight the progress made in the lives of lupus patients, remember those who pioneered the foundation and recognize those who continue to serve Illinois lupus community.
We will do this through communications, activities and events. We encourage the entire lupus community to join us in our efforts—because as our founding members knew—raising awareness may start with a handful of people but will grow exponentially.
Some ways for you to get involved:
• $40for40 campaign
• Walk to End Lupus Now™ Incentive
• Share your story by participating in “Tales of the Butterfly: 40 years of service to Illinois’ lupus community
• Raise awareness in your community
• Lupus Charity Runners