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An Important Message from the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter

March 11, 2020 - The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter (LFA, GOC) is taking precautions due to the national outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As of March 11, 2020, we will cease all in-person programs and events for 46 days. This includes support groups, New Patient Education Classes, summits, kNOw Lupus Zones, and Lupus Awareness Night with the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Cincinnati Walk to End Lupus Now® will be postponed until further notice. In addition to these events, we also discourage people with lupus from attending events with large crowds, such as health fairs. Further updates will follow as we receive more details. 

Our goal is to decrease opportunities to spread COVID-19. The health and well-being of our constituents are of the highest priority. As we cease and postpone events, we are also making efforts to accommodate your needs via digital outlets. 

We urge you not to panic, but rather, to take efforts to protect yourself and turn to reliable sources to stay informed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information for people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. The Lupus Foundation of America has articles about the coronavirus and lupus. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance in navigating life with lupus, please feel free to email the LFA, GOC office [email protected] or call 1 (888) NO-LUPUS. Pay close attention to LFA, GOC emails,, and @lupusgreateroh on social media for updates.

Understanding 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, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure.

A Guide

What is Lupus?

Common Symptoms



Living with Lupus

Local Programs and Services

(The links below will redirect you to the LFA National site. Be sure to set Greater Ohio as your chapter to stay involved locally.)  


Impact on Daily Life

Anyone with Lupus

Newly Diagnosed


Healthcare Professionals

Lupus Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide you with guidance, support, and advice, whether you have been a patient, caregiver, or physician for days, months, or even years. The toolkit resource is here to be your guide through this cruel mystery.  Click Here For Toolkit