UPDATED: July 29, 2020
The most up-to-date on the LFANC's programs and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic for people with lupus.
Here, you'll find:
- the most recent news on programs & events
- the steps that the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is taking to educate & raise awareness people with lupus
- resources that you can use to help support the LFANC through fundraising & raising awareness
- actions you can take to help
At the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter the health and well-being of people with lupus is our highest priority. Due to the growing concern around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and in alignment with recent recommendations laid out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts, we have made changes to our Walk to End Lupus Now events, in-person programming, and office operations.
The remainder of 2020 programs and events will take place VIRTUALLY. Our in-person support group meetings will be suspended through the end of August 2020. Any updates to support group meetings will be announced in mid-August.
The dates for the virtual events & programs are:
- Statewide Virtual Walk to End Lupus Now: Saturday, September 12, 2020
- 20th Annual Lupus Educational Summit: Saturday, October 24, 2020
More info to come on the details on the virtual events in the coming weeks!
Please review the FAQs below for answers to all your questions about this change and how you can continue your fundraising during this critical period of time. Additionally, we've provided tips and resources below to help individuals prepare. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
More details & registration information can be found by clicking the link below.
Are the 2020 Walk to End Lupus Now events cancelled?
Yes... and NO! The 2020 Walk to End Lupus Now events have been moved to a VIRTUAL statewide Walk to End Lupus Now on Saturday, September 12th. The individual in-person walks that were scheduled to take place in Fayetteville, Charlotte, and Raleigh have been canceled.
In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our constituents, partners, employees and the community, and in alignment with best practices laid out by the CDC, World Health Organization, and other relevant entities regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we have made the decision to move events scheduled for the Fall of 2020 to virtual events. We hope you will continue to fundraise for these events and participate virtually until the in-person events this Fall.
New Walk to End Lupus Now Event Dates:
- Virtual Statewide Walk to End Lupus Now: Saturday, September 12th, 2020
More information on the virtual WTELN will be released in the coming weeks! Check the WTELN pages for more info!
What is the date for the Virtual Walk?
New Walk to End Lupus Now Event Date:
- Virtual Statewide Walk to End Lupus Now: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Why is there only going to be a statewide walk?
While going virtual for the WTELN is a necessity to keep our thrivers safe during this time, we know that it just won't be the same as our in-person walks.
By combining our 3 walk cities into one giant virtual walk, participants can connect with hundreds of walkers throughout the state & celebrate everyone's accomplishments for the 2020 walk season.
More information on the virtual walk will be announced in the coming weeks and can be found on the WTELN pages.
If I have already registered for a walk, am I automatically registered for the Statewide Virtual Walk?
Yes! Anyone who has already registered for one of the walks is automatically registered for the virtual walk.
Anyone who has not registered yet can select any of the three walks to register for. While we recommend choosing the walk city closest to you, you can select any of the walk areas to register for the virtual walk.
Will LFANC refund my registration fee? If I register for the virtual walk, do I still have to pay the $10 registration fee?
If you have ALREADY registered: we highly encourage those already registered to keep their registration live. We encourage this for two reasons:
1. Your dollars for registration are donated to the good work that the organization is doing on behalf of those living with lupus and help support our programmatic offerings.
2. Keeping your registration live allows you to continue your fundraising efforts. If you cannot attend the walks due to the new dates, we strongly advise you to "virtually fundraise" even though you cannot be there in person.
If you want to register for the walk: The $10 registration fee still applies to all registrants. The $10 fee for participants over 13 years old helps support the programs and services offered to lupus thrivers throughout the state. The Walk to End Lupus Now serves as the largest fundraiser for the LFANC and is critical to providing resources.
We do offer financial assistance for those who cannot afford the $10 registration fee. For more information on that please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the virtual walk impact the fundraising deadline?
The fundraising deadline for the WTELN will be Saturday, October 10th at 11:59pm. This will allow participants to get their prizes before the 2021 walk season begins.
For any questions on fundraising, please email email@example.com
Can I still send in donations to the LFANC office?
Yes! While the LFANC staff is working remotely, we are regularly checking the office. Any donations will be added to your walk page after we receive them.
Will the 20th Annual Lupus Educational Summit Take Place in the Fall?
Yes! The Lupus Summit is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th and will take place virtually. More information can be found on the Summit website.
Will your in-person support groups be meeting?
Update: We have extended the have suspension of all in-person support group meetings through the end of July 2020.
Many support groups are meeting virtually during this time, so check with your local support group leader to see if there is a virtual meeting.
Will you still be hosting your Ask the Experts: Teleconference Series?
Yes. Since these are not in-person educational offerings, this series will continue as normal. Topics and dates for this programming can be found on our home page by visiting our News & Events. Make sure you use the filter to only show Events to easily find these offerings and can register.