Aug. 19, 2013

Lupus Support Group Added in Surry County

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Aug. 19, 2013 – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) announced today that it will be offering a support group in Surry County for those living with lupus, their family and caregivers. The group will meet the first Saturday of each month and kick off its inaugural meeting in early September:

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
11:00AM-12:30PM
PROHEALTH Fitness
280 North Pointe Blvd.
Mount Airy, N.C. 27030
Childcare is provided

There is no charge to attend the meeting, and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the LFANC at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 877-849-8271, ext. 2. For more information, visit the Support Groups page.

“We are thrilled to expand our support services to residents in Surry County and surrounding areas,” says Christine John-Fuller, LFANC President and CEO. “We appreciate the efforts of our volunteers, donors and the community for helping us fund this new support group, additional area educational programs, and leading national research to help solve the cruel mystery behind this disease.”

Barbi Manchester – a Mount Airy native and lupus thriver – and her mother Lynn Manchester, are the trained facilitators for the new Surry County Lupus Support Group. Barbi Manchester is also the organizer of the Mayberry Butterfly Walk for Lupus, which started in 2011 and has raised more than $26,000. Before her diagnosis, she had spent three years on her Mount Airy High School football team, and as a senior was ranked seventh out of 400 high school place kickers in the state. As a lupus advocate, Manchester is heavily involved in LFANC activities and is among the chapter’s inaugural class of the Lupus Advocate Bureau. She received the “2012 Mission Award” for exemplifying the mission of the LFANC in word and action and she recently traveled to Washington, D.C. as a N.C. delegate for the National Lupus Advocacy Summit.

This group provides participants with an opportunity to receive introductory information about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Meeting programs vary from guest speakers to DVD presentations and open group discussion.