S.L.E. Lupus Foundation - Leading the Fight Against Lupus

May 2008

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For nearly 40 years, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has been providing help for people with lupus and their families, funding lupus research and fostering public awareness of this chronic illness. Today, with its West Coast division, Lupus LA, and its national research partner, the Lupus Research Institute, the Foundation is improving lives across the country while pioneering paths to a cure.

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- What's New

Lupus LA Orange Ball

Lupus LA Orange Ball

Tonight: Lupus LA Presents its 2008 Orange Ball Honoring Hollywood Greats, Lauren and Richard Donner

Hosted by Terri Seymour (Extra) and Bruno Tonioli (Dancing with the Stars), tonight's start-studded event at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel features an exciting and exclusive performance by Seal. Gerard Butler (P.S. I Love You) and Dakota Fanning (Charlotte's Web) will present the "Loop Award" to movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner and husband, director Richard Donner. Lupus LA supporter Paula Abdul will present the "Founder's Award" to Daniel J. Wallace, M.D.

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- Research News

Rituxan Results, Although Disappointing, Can Help Create Better Drugs and Build Better Trials for Lupus

Learnings from landmark study across multiple organ systems will inform progress in this complex autoimmune disease

The Lupus Research Institute and its National Coalition of state and local organizations, although disappointed by the flat top-line results announced April 29th of a major clinical trial of Rituxan (rituximab) for systemic lupus, are encouraged that findings from this study will inform future trials and help advance drug development.

LupusTrials.org"Not every trial is going to be a success," said Lupus Research Institute President Margaret G. Dowd. "But full data from this major study will be very important in designing and implementing future trials. We commend Genentech and Biogen Idec for their commitment and pioneering efforts to develop needed new treatments for people with lupus."

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- Upcoming Events


National Women's Health Week

Join Us for National Women's Health Week
Events Across New York City, May 11 - 17

The Foundation is pleased to offer special programs across New York City during May's annual National Women's Health Week, which is sponsored and coordinated by the federal Office on Women's Health.

Click here for a list of workshops, support groups, and other events designed to promote healthy choices and healthy living among New York women of all ages and from every corner of the city's broad expanse.

Check Out New Support Groups in New York City
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- Spring Raffle for Research
Raffle for Lupus Research - Win $10,000

Help Us Get Closer to the Cure!

of $10,000
3 Runners-Up Receive $1,000

Purchase Tickets Online »

Last day to purchase online: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Raffle Drawing: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Note: You need not be present to win. Total prize money awarded will be reduced proportionately if fewer than 1,750 tickets are sold. Winners are responsible for any applicable federal, state, or local taxes. Prize money will not be distributed at the drawing, winners will be contacted afterward.

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Camp SunshineThe S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's
Lupus Week at Camp Sunshine

August 17 - 22 | Sebago Lake, Casco, ME
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Young Leadership Commitee The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
Young Leadership Committee's
Summertime Kickoff Party at Water Taxi Beach!
June 26 | Hunter's Point, Long Island City, NY
7pm to 9pm

Tickets: $10 - Includes free hot dogs and beer with your $10 donation! Donations will be accepted at the door.

More on Water Taxi Beach: www.watertaxibeach.com

For more on the New York City Young Leadership Committee and what it does,
email Lana Munoz at lmunoz@lupusny.org

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About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is the preeminent lupus organization providing direct patient services, education, public awareness, and funding for lupus research.

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About Lupus LA
Lupus LA, the West Coast division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation founded by renowned physician and author, Daniel J. Wallace, MD, serves the needs of people with lupus and their families across southern California. Lupus LA raises lupus awareness and supports lupus research on the national level.