Oct. 17, 2016

Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter to Host 16th Annual Lupus Summit in Raleigh – Oct. 29

Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter to Host 16th Annual Lupus Summit in Raleigh – Oct. 29

State’s largest lupus educational conference is open to the public

RALEIGH, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2016 – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) will be bringing together hundreds of patients and caregivers and the medical community at its 16th Annual NC Lupus Summit on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. It will take place from 9:00AM-3:30PM at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley located at 4500 Marriott Drive.

The Annual Lupus Summit is the largest educational conference in the state and provides a variety of informative workshops led by physicians and other leading experts. This year’s conference theme is “Targeting Your Health” and session topics include: Lupus 101; Working with Your Pharmacist; Lupus & the Kidneys; Getting the Help You Need; How to Advocate; Lupus & the Cardiopulmonary System; Diet & Meal Planning; Transition to Adult Lupus Care, and Gentle Yoga. The event will also feature exhibitors from organizations and business that provide resources to the lupus community.

Sherie E. Pearsall, Lupus Advocate and Major-Special Operations Bureau for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will present on "Major Pain" - during the keynote session. Pearsall will delve into discovering life beyond the pains of lupus.  She has been a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since March of 1994 and has served in numerous capacities, including currently as the Special Operations Commander.  In June of 2008, at the age of 37, and after years of suffering from unexplained pain, Pearsall was diagnosed with lupus, and her new normal began.

The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by Friday, Oct. 21. The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch, summit materials, and goodie bag. Ticket scholarships are available. For more information or to register, call toll-free to 877-849-8271, x1 or visit http://www.lupus.org/northcarolina/events/entry/16th-annual-nc-lupus-summit.

“Our annual summit is a wonderful opportunity to bring the lupus community together from around the state for a day of learning, meeting others and helping individuals target their own health,” said Christine John-Fuller, President & CEO of the LFANC. “This conference is another important step we are taking to help to solve the cruel mystery of lupus so we encourage anyone impacted by lupus to attend. Many thanks to our generous sponsors for their support and to all of our speakers for sharing their time, talents and expertise.”

About Lupus:
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, hits out of nowhere, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive, and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation.

About the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter:
The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is part of the national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Serving an estimated 45,000 living with lupus in North Carolina, the chapter is the center of excellence for those affected by lupus, bridging patients, their families, caregivers, and the medical community. For more information about lupus or the LFANC, visit www.lupusnc.org or call (877) 849-8271. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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