Chili’s Give Back Night!

Join the Connecticut Chapter next Wednesday, July 15th, at Chili’s in New Britain for our second fundraiser of the summer! The LFACT team will be there from 11 AM to 11 PM and 10% of the day’s proceeds will be donated directly to the CT Chapter! Bring friends and family and come on out to Chili’s for some good food and fun to support your local Lupus Foundation of America chapter. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Annual Open Board Meeting FAQ

The Connecticut Chapter is holding our annual open board meeting tomorrow, July 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wethersfield Library and we hope to see you there! Come ask questions and learn more about the Connecticut Chapter and lupus in general! Have some questions before you get there? – Hopefully these answers will help!

How do I get there?

The open board meeting will be held at the Wethersfield Public Library located at 515 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield.

Do I need to register beforehand?

Nope, no registration necessary for this event!

Is there a cost to attend the meeting?

No cost, this event is open and free to the public!

Who will be answering my questions?

The Connecticut Chapter Board of Directors and staff members will be there and happy to answer any questions you may have!

Will there be food served?

Light refreshments and beverages will be available, at no cost!

For any additional questions you can visit us at http://www.lupus.org/connecticut or call the office at (860) 269-6240.

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Turn Up (the tunes) for the Fourth!

LFACT is getting ready to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend and we wanted to share a patriotic playlist today to get everyone excited! Whether you’re traveling to see friends, relaxing outdoors, or staying home with family, LFACT wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July! Check out our new playlist on Spotify and kick off the weekend with these U.S.A. jams!

Annual Open Board Meeting

Next Tuesday, July 7th the Connecticut Chapter will be holding our annual open board meeting at the Wethersfield Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and gives supporters, patients, and volunteers the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Connecticut Chapter and lupus in general. Free to the public, the meeting includes a question and answer session as well as light refreshments. Visit http://www.lupus.org/connecticut for more information on the event. We hope to see you there!

No registration is necessary for this event.

Address:
515 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Phone: 860.269.6240

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Kick Off National Grilling Month With These Anti-Inflammatory Recipes!

Did you know July is National Grilling Month?! With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the LFACT team has been researching some great recipes! These anti-inflammatory recipes featuring some great summer tastes to keep you feeling fabulous all weekend long. Click the on each picture for the recipe and enjoy!

Grilled Eggplant Salad

This salad is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients including avocado, onion, mustard, spices, and olive oil- not to mention this recipe is fun and easy to make on the grill! This salad is perfect for any summer cookout!

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Blueberry, Strawberry, and Jicama Salsa

This salsa is absolutely perfect for the Fourth of July!! The vibrant red, white, and blue colors match the flavorful berries and crunchy jicama. Strawberries and blueberries both contain anti-oxidants that help reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Jicama is a sweet, root vegetable that contains nutrients that promote bone health. Serve with salty tortilla chips and this salsa is a Fourth of July must have.

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Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

The tangy yet sweet flavor packed into these pineapple chicken kabobs make them a perfect summer meal! Made right on the grill, they only take about a half hour –super easy! Pineapple contains an enzyme, bromelain, which is helpful in treating muscle injuries. For lupus patients, this means pineapple is a major pain fighting food. Along with pineapple, the ginger and onion used in this recipe help to decrease inflammation. Get the grill started and try out these kabobs this weekend!

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Thank You!

The Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter, would like to thank all who joined us last Thursday, June 25th, at our Ruby Tuesday fundraiser! The results are in and approximately $800 will be donated to LFACT as a result of your continuous support and dedication. We could not make the impact we do on our community without the help of all of you. We are so grateful- thank you! Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus!

Two of our interns handing out flyers at the entrance

Two of our interns handing out flyers at the entrance

Keep following us on social media for more information on our upcoming fundraisers!

Save the date and stay tuned for…

Chili’s Give Back Night

Wednesday, July 15th

11am to 11pm

590 Hartford Rd, New Britain

Friendly’s Fundraiser 

Tuesday, August 18th

230 New Britain Ave, Plainville

MOOYAH Fundraiser

Thursday, September 24th

772 N Main St, West Hartford

Funding Increased for Lupus Research and Education Programs

Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Committee passed their spending bill which provides increased funding for lupus research and education programs. The article below is taken from the Lupus Foundation of America. For more information on this exciting news, visit http://www.lupus.org.

Jun. 24, 2015

House Committee Increases Funding For Lupus Research & Education Programs

Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Committee passed their spending bill that includes good news for people with lupus and provides funding for valuable lupus research and education programs. The Committee has reconfirmed its ongoing support of these vital lupus programs that our advocates from every state have championed for many years.

The Committee version of the 2016 spending bill includes:

  • $6 million for the National Lupus Patient Registry program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first comprehensive research study to assess the prevalence and incidence of lupus in the United States;
  • Continued funding for The Lupus Initiative at the Office of Minority Health which develops vitally important tools for physicians to help them better recognize the signs and symptoms of lupus and make appropriate referrals to rheumatologists to help reduce the time to a lupus diagnosis; and
  • $31.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $1.1 billion.

Earlier this month, hundreds of Lupus Foundation of America advocates were on Capitol Hill for our National Lupus Advocacy Summit and an additional thousand wrote letters to call on Congress to support at least $32 billion in research funding for the National Institutes of Health and support the 21st Century Cures Act to help get new treatments to lupus patients faster. Lupus activists met with their members of Congress to share their stories and bring to life the daily, devastating impact of this disease and demonstrate the urgent need to elevate lupus to a place of prominence and secure additional funding for lupus research needed to develop an arsenal of treatments for people with lupus.

The legislation will now be sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The U.S. Senate will also consider its own Appropriations legislation and the bills will be reconciled in conference committee. The Lupus Foundation of America will continue to work with Congress to raise lupus on the nation’s health care agenda and convey the need for robust funding for lupus research.