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About The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

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The Lupus Foundation of America -Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.

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Mission and Purpose

With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, our chapter:

  • support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life,
  • provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease and
  • conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus and advocate on their behalf

Help us Solve The Cruel Mystery!

If you join the fight, our Chapter will not have to concede victory to the terrible disease.  With your support and involvement, our Chapter will be able to solve the cruel mystery of lupus in our lifetime and end its devastating impact on millions of lives.

In 2020, The Lupus Foundation of America-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter:

  • Supported 15 patients with the Patient Access To Healthcare (P.A.T.H.) Program
  • Provided Virtual Webinars with the Experts Adult Educational Programs for over 125 patients

A Comprehensive Strategy

Lupus is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive strategy.  Our Chapter's programs and services all have a common purpose:  To improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.


The Chapter raises money to support research through the Lupus Foundation of America's National Research program, Bringing Down The Barriers™, which aggressively pursues an agenda to find answers to the most difficult questions and advance the science and medicine of lupus. Our national research program has a unique three-pronged strategy: lead special initiatives, fund researchers and advocate for expanded investment.


Through the Chapter sponsored programs and one-on-one interaction with our staff, we answer questions about lupus, provides tools, resources and professional referrals to the lupus community. In addition, we help guide individuals and families through the complexities of living with lupus and promote a better quality of life.

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Awareness Efforts

Our Chapter conducts outreach efforts and share stories of those who suffer from lupus to increase awareness of lupus, bring greater attention to the disease and its devastating impact, and rally public support to join the fight to end lupus.

From the Chapter President/CEO

I am 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.  We have a passionate volunteer leadership, many of whom are new to the organization, and all are dedicated to growing our programs and support of the 30,000+ 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 Referral
  • Patient Access To Healthcare (P.A.T.H.) grant program

Ninety percent of every dollar raised stays in Texas. We are one of two Chapters in the state of Texas that gives 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 LFA's direct funding of research has grown 100 percent in the past 3 years with $2 million in direct support to lupus research.

We know our volunteers are our greatest resource. We hope that you will help us to change people’s lives by volunteering. Please get involved and make a difference. Together we can provide hope for a future without lupus and help to everyone living with lupus until that day comes.


Anne Marie Blacketer
Lupus Foundation of America
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

2019-2020 Board Of Directors

Lynn Blandford - Interim Chair

Lynn Blandford - Treasurer

Shanna Tedder - Secretary

Marc Baca

Rick Blandford

Holly Little

Janell E. Long

Ninfa Perez

Howard Stokes

Rodney Williams

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Ankur Kamdar, M.D.

Dr. Namieta Janssen, M.D.

Dr. Eyal Muscal, M.D.

Dr. Philip Waller, M.D.

LFA-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Staff

Anne Marie Blacketer-President & CEO

General Mailbox:

Tangela Williams-Associate Program Director

Office hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.