Happy December! We cannot believe it is already the end of the year and we are on our way to welcoming in 2023!!
We ended November with the sad news of the passing of our founder, Jo Dewhirst. We wish to convey our condolences to Jo’s family and friends. The LFNC will miss Jo and having her wonderful support at our events and just chatting on the phone to catch up.
You can watch an interview with Jo from 2019 on our website here. Donations can be made in Jo’s honor on our website. Her legacy will continue to guide LFNC’s team until we find a cure.
Face of Lupus
At the end of each year, the Lupus Foundation of Northern California recognizes the courage and strength of lupus warriors near and far, and honors a lupus patient as the Face of Lupus for the following year. In this role, the Face of Lupus dedicates their time and story to help raise awareness and build community with others living with lupus. Our 2023 Face of Lupus is our Sacramento Support Group Leader, Shauntay Davis-Patterson. Shauntay’s story has inspired all of us at the Foundation throughout the years and we are proud to welcome her as the 2023 Face of Lupus. You can read about Shauntay and her lupus journey here and donate to help us continue to offer our free education and support programs to lupus patients.
Save the Date!
Speaking of the Face of Lupus, we are very excited to announce that our 45th Anniversary Gala & 9th Annual Purple Ribbon Awards will be held on March 18, 2023 at the Glass House in San Jose. Put the date in your calendar and be on the lookout for more information in the new year!
As we look into the upcoming year we are working with Rheumatologists and Wellness providers to begin planning our 2023 Lupus Health Conferences and Living Well with Lupus events. We are hoping to host many of these in person and also offer virtual attendance. Be sure to follow us on our Social Media accounts so you see the most up-to-date information.
The staff and Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!
Can you believe it is already July?! We hope everyone has a chance to relax and enjoy some free time! We are extremely grateful for all of our volunteers who support us in many different ways. If you have some extra time and would like to join us and volunteer contact us! Click HERE to find out more!
This week we are welcoming our newest teen volunteer, Harshita! Harshita will be helping us with our social media and also writing a blog for us! Here is a bit about Harshita in her own words.
“My name is Harshita Bathina, and I’m a high school senior from Fremont, CA. In my free time, I enjoy taking my dog on a walk and playing tennis with my friends and family. After a personal diagnosis of lupus, I wanted to be more involved and learn all that I could about lupus. Through my blog, I hope to provide some insightful information and encourage fellow patients to live their lives to the fullest! “
FREE Summer Lupus Health Conference
Don’t miss the next Lupus Health Conference which will be on July 16th at 11am. This month’s topic is Integrative Approach to Rheumatologic Sleep Conditions, presented by Dr. Valerie Cacho. You can register here for free.
We hope you can join us for this zoom conference- if you have any questions you can send them to us prior to the event at email@example.com.
Outrun Lupus Mascot Contest
Don’t forget we are raising money to support our mission to improve lives impacted by lupus with our 28th Annual Outrun Lupus on September 24, 2022 at Campbell Park! We are planning a fun-filled day for the entire family so register today!!! And don’t forget about our Mascot Contest- take some great pictures of your favorite animal friend and Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a recent photo, breed, sex, age, a few sentences about why they should win and human companion information (your name, address, email, phone). Enter by Friday, July 31st.