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San Diego LFA Event on March 7, 2020

Please join us on Saturday, March 7th at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology to learn more about the programs, services and exciting updates from the Lupus Foundation of America. La Jolla Institute for Immunology UCSD Research Park 9420 Athena Circle, La Jolla CA 92037 9:30am--12:00pm

San Diego LFA Event
Lupus Locks...Win a custom wig from celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright!

Thank you for entering the raffle to win a custom wig from celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright. Your support can improve the quality of life for people with lupus through research, education and advocacy. Help us continue to lead the way and have the greatest impact on people’s lives in the shortest amount of time. Minimum amount of $25 by 11:59 PM PST on February 29 required to be entered to win.

Kiyah Wright...win a custom wig!
Virtual Advocacy Day – Tuesday, March 17

In conjunction with the 2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 17 the Foundation is once again inviting advocates to participate in Virtual Advocacy Day. Sign up as an advocate to receive information about how you can contact your members of Congress digitally to tell your lupus story and urge them to support critical lupus research programs.

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Calling all photographers and videographers!

LFA SoCal is looking for volunteer photographers and videographers to donate their expertise at some of our upcoming events.  If you are interested in sharing your talent with the lupus community, please contact Matthew Scelza at 310-560-4587 or [email protected]  

Quarterly Update

The end of 2019 saw a remarkable series of developments with huge implications in the fight to end lupus!  We have seen two potential treatments report positive results following successful Phase 3 trials, each with plans to move forward with regulatory review.  Having two potential new treatments for lupus within reach is a historic position for the lupus community.  For full details, read the LFA blog post: https://www.lupus.org/news/2019-unprecedented-year-in-lupus-drug-development

We also saw a new record level of lupus funding approved by the federal government, including nearly $19 million for lupus-specific programs (an increase of $4 million) and $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health, the largest funding source for lupus research.  The spending packages include all of the funding that we advocated for on Capitol Hill this year!

Locally, our three-person team is poised to greatly expand our services to lupus warriors and their loved ones.  In 2020, we are looking forward to the following:

  • 3 Walks: Adding a San Diego Walk to End Lupus Now in addition to our Orange County and Los Angeles Walks.
  • 4 Support Groups: We will be adding four new support groups throughout the Region, including two in Los Angeles and one each in Orange County and San Diego.
  • 6 LFA Events: We look forward to hosting many more educational events throughout the year, including four in the Los Angeles area and one each in Orange County and San Diego.

Lastly, we hope you join us in turning Capitol Hill purple at the 2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit, March 15-17, and help generate support among members of Congress for critical lupus research and education programs. Register today!

As always, I welcome your calls and look forward to meeting you in person.  You can reach me at 310.560.4587 or via email at [email protected].

Warmly,

Matthew Scelza

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Make Your Own Fundraiser!

Make Your Mark is the community fundraising program of the Lupus Foundation of America. Each year, hundreds of Make Your Mark members organize unique events and athletic feats that raise money to fight lupus. Use your passion to raise funds for lupus through a local event, special occasion, athletic competition or whatever you have in mind. A birthday party. A bake sale. A 5K. A half marathon, marathon or triathlon race for lupus. There's no limit to how you can raise money to fight lupus.

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