Mar. 16, 2015

North Carolina Lupus Chapter Kicks Off Lupus Empowerment Series in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 16, 2015 – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) will be hosting its “2015 Lupus Empowerment Workshops” in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham on Saturday, April 11.

The two-part workshop in Charlotte will take place from 10:00AM-1:00PM at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Center located at 1073 Providence Road in Charlotte (28207). Dr. Stacy Kennedy of Rowan Diagnostic Clinic, PA will present Part 1“Lupus and the Blood.” Part 2 will include a panel discussion about “Managing Your Life with Lupus.”

The two-part workshop in Raleigh-Durham will run from 10:00AM-1:00PM at the North Regional Library located at 221 Milton Road in Durham (27712). Dr. Joseph Shanahan with Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy will present Part 1 “Lupus and the Heart.” Part 2 will feature a panel discussion about “Managing Your Life with Lupus.”

“These educational seminars are a wonderful way for us to give the 45,000 individuals in North Carolina who are living with lupus the opportunity to feel empowered to take charge of their health,” said Christine John-Fuller, President & CEO of LFANC. “We couldn’t do this without the amazing support of our presenters and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting our mission and in helping make life better for those affected by lupus.”

The “2015 Lupus Empowerment Series” is an eight-city series of educational workshops that will provide individuals affected by lupus with methods for not only living, but also thriving. The seminars will offer information on two different topics and participants will learn from both subject matter experts and a panel of individuals living with lupus. The remaining six will take place on July 25 in Winston-Salem and Wilmington; August 8 in Greensboro and Greenville and on Sept. 12 in Asheville and Fayetteville.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required for the workshops in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham by Monday, April 6. For questions, call 877-849-8271 or email  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information about the “2015 Lupus Empowerment Series” and to sign up, visit

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. We work with local health professionals and volunteers to provide information and programs to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease. The chapter serves an estimated 45,000 living with lupus in North Carolina.  For more information about lupus or the LFANC, visit or call (877) 849-8271. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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