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Your Mission: End Lupus

Dear Friends & Supporters:

As the President & CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter, the two most common questions I am asked are:

1. What is lupus (or for those who have lupus) why don't more people understand lupus?

2. What does the Lupus Foundation of America do to help people living with lupus?

The short answer to question #1 is: people don't know enough about lupus because of lack of public support. Plain and simple, our organization lacks the funds needed to do the work necessary to make lupus a priority. Lupus is a complex disease that is hard to explain and many people who have lupus are reluctant to tell people about their disease. Our local budget is small compared to other nonprofits and we have a full-time staff of only three people. 

"We can't raise greater awareness of this disease without significant increases in funding and public support." 

There is no short answer to #2 because we do so much to accelerate lupus research and improve the quality of life for the millions living with lupus. Even with our limited funds, we work hard to listen, provide answers, and give caring support to people affected by lupus in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. We also provide a variety of resources to help people living with lupus better understand their disease and find local assistance. But, how can we take this organization to the next level without more local funding?

Be a lupus hero this holiday season and consider making a tax-deductible donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to our Year-End Giving Campaign. All gifts, small or large, will help help us raise awareness of lupus, fund research, and provide answers, support, and hope to all impacted by the disease. Make it your mission to end lupus, we can't do this without you, please give today.  

Warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season, 

President & CEO
Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter

P.S. Become a Lupus Monthly Sustaining Partner and be a part of our special community of monthly donors who play a key role in helping to sustain the vital programs and services provided by the Heartland Chapter and research to find the cause and cure for lupus.