We believe that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a global community.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Your #GivingTuesdayNow gift will help provide the research, resources, support, and advocacy we need to help end the suffering of the cruel mystery of lupus.
Please Join Our Fight to End Lupus
The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter (LFAGA) is a lifeline to people living with lupus. Please join us in the fight to end lupus, especially during this challenging time.
The LFAGA is moving fast on all fronts to serve and protect people with lupus. Our fundraising efforts this spring have been delayed --- and that means that people with lupus run the risk of not having the resources they need.
We serve 55,000 people with lupus in Georgia and provide resources and information to family members who support them. We reach a diverse population. 90% of lupus patients are women and a disproportionate number affect by this disease are minorities.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Our Emergency Financial Assistance Grant Program provides critical funds to people with lupus who are in crisis. Due to the coronavirus and the economic strain on an already underserved population, the demand for emergency financial assistance has risen by almost 50% in the past three weeks. Our grants provide $500 to qualified recipients to cover utilities, rent/mortgage payments and more. According the Georgia Lupus Registry, funded through the CDC, nearly one-third of people with lupus are on Medicaid due to the severity of their chronic disease.
Critical Medication Shortage
We are working harder than ever to provide services and ensure access to life-saving medications. People living with lupus are unable to access hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. We’ve helped over 10,000 people in the lupus community in Georgia to write letters urging Congress to address the challenges in accessing these medications. We have engaged federal and state agencies, the Administration, manufacturers of hydroxychloroquine, and state boards of pharmacy to take action so that people with lupus can continue their treatments.
We have converted our programs and support groups to a virtual platform. We have trained thirty support group leaders to facilitate peer support using the Zoom platform. In particular, our Lupus Parent Project continues to provide support to parents of children living with lupus at a time when our most vulnerable patients are feeling isolated.
Virtual Town Hall Presented by Leading Lupus Researcher
S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at Emory University, has provided up-to-date information on a weekly basis about what we know and don't know about COVID-19 and how it may impact those living with lupus in Georgia. We have reached over 500 people in the last three weeks.
The LFAGA has assembled a COVD-19 resource center, updated on a daily basis in English and Spanish, with all the latest COVID-19 news as it impacts those with lupus from resources, news, and programming to keep our community updated as we go through these unprecedented times. In addition, the phone calls to our Community Outreach Network have more than doubled since February.