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Providing Answers, Support, and Hope in Texas

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Your Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

We serve the Texas Gulf Coast as an independent Chapter for Lupus Foundation of America.  Our work for 40 years focuses on the need to Educate.  Advocate. Cure.  Lupus.

Your support funds local area programs and education, outreach and support services across multiple communities.  Working with Health Departments, Community Clinics and Health Advocacy non-profits  we aim to shorten to time to diagnosis through education of community members and health care providers - advocate for patients to receive high quality care regardless of ability to pay - and to help fund research toward one day - a Cure.

Join the FIGHT against lupus with your local support today!


Mission and Purpose

  • Shorten the time to diagnosis through education, advocacy and awareness of lupus, its symptoms and steps toward diagnosis and treatment.
  • Support research and education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life;
  • Provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families have access to answers and health professionals knowledgeable in diagnosing and managing the disease, and;
  • Support community outreach activities to increase awareness of lupus and its impact, improve public support for those who are affected by lupus and advocate on their behalf.

Help us Solve The Cruel Mystery!

 Your support has impact!

Lupus is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive strategy.  Our Chapter's programs and services all have a common purpose:  To shorten the time to diagnosis through education, advocacy and research.  YOUR local LupusTexas support creates local health education opportunities and helps shorten the time to diagnosis!  THANK YOU!


LupusTexas raises money to support Individual #lupuswarriors and national research. Supporting research is important financially as well as through participation in clinical trials. Support the fight for the future of #NoMoreLupus!

Join the FIGHT!
Health Trade Show Event

Join YOUR LupusTexas Chapter at Health Fairs, Community Outreach and Awareness Events! Check our Events page to see when we are at an event near you!

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Awareness Efforts

At LupusTexas, we know outreach events help share awareness and understanding of lupus. By bringing greater attention to the disease and its devastating impact we can help drive support for lupus and ensure community members know to ask their health care professional about unexplained symptoms - "What if It's Lupus?"

From the Chapter President/CEO

The board and our team continue to be inspired by the courage and determination of women, men and children living with lupus.  Their stories are some of the "Faces of Lupus" profiled on our website.  These #LupusWarriors are the motivation to serve in the fight against this cruel disease.   Despite the pandemic and it's devastating impact on our chapter, our #LupusWarriors as well as all of you, we continue to fight to keep the impacts of lupus at bay and one day - find a cure.

We have passionate volunteer leadership in our board members, led by our Chairman Mr. Marc Baca of Russell Reynolds, and all are dedicated to growing our programs and support of the over 1.5 million living with lupus.

From new chapter board members, support group leaders, media and community partners to Walk and other committee members, the number of people supporting the chapter grows every day! Some of our chapter programs include:

  • Information and Referrals
  • Peer Mentor and Support Groups
  • Educate.  Advocate.  Cure
  • Patient Advocates
  • Health Care Professional Trainings (Including Community Health workers!)
  • Speakers Bureau!
  • Patient Access To Healthcare (P.A.T.H.) grant program - supporting standard of care for #LupusWarriors 

Ninety cents of every dollar donated to your Gulf Coast Chapter stays in the Gulf Coast of Texas. We are one of two Chapters in the state of Texas that providing valuable resource for lupus patients, providing thousands with educational information, referrals, resources, support groups and educational programs. We know that lupus is under-researched, under-funded and under-recognized. Nationally, our advocacy efforts have led to increased lupus research funding of $6.5 million. The Lupus Foundation of America's direct funding of research has grown 100 percent in the past 3 years with $2 million in direct support to lupus research.

Thank you, to all our volunteers and supporters.  Your support by way of time, talent and treasure, has helped us navigate the last few difficult years and forge a way ahead for all #LupusWarriors.    

With deepest gratitude,

Anne Marie Blacketer, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Lupus Foundation of America
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

2022-2023 Board Of Directors

Mr. Marc Baca, Board Chair (Russell Reynolds Associates)

Ms. Lynn Blandford, Treasurer (Sequiture Energy)

Mr. Biruh Workeneh, MD (MD Anderson)

Ms. Medha Airy, MD (Baylor College of Medicine)

Mr. Rick Blandford (Private Equity)

Professor Jordan O. Williams (Texas Southern University)

Mr. Rick McAlister (RockSpring)

Mr. Brock Hudson (CBRE)

Ms. Naana Danquah Jefferson (SLB)

Mr. David Wilson (Accenture)

Ms. Cynthia Barclay, (Quality Dialysis)


Advisory Board

Dr. Ankur Kamdar, M.D.

Dr. Namieta Janssen, M.D.

Dr. Eyal Muscal, M.D.

Dr. Philip Waller, M.D.

Ms. Shanna Tedder

Ms. Ninfa Perez

Mr. Howard Stokes

Ms. Janell Long


LFA-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Staff

Anne Marie Blacketer, CFRE, CEO

Pending:  Event Manager

Jennifer Burke, Database Administrator/Grants

Sara Schaeffer, Office Manager

Kevin Blacketer, Volunteer CFO




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Office hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.