LFAGW to Offer Free Lupus Symposium on May 1 in D.C.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 Press Release J E 4

WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ --The Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter (LFAGW at will offer the 15th Annual Symposium for Lupus patients and their families on Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (map), 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The free Symposium was created for the 75,000+ Washington area patients with lupus -- 90 percent of whom are women. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. Details and registration: On-site parking will be available for $10. The Carnegie Endowment is also close to the Dupont Circle Metro stop (Red Line).

"Lupus patients will get the latest information and tips on current treatments, coping, and maintaining the highest quality of life," said LFAGW President and CEO Penny Fletcher. "It's one of the many, free services that we offer to help lupus patients and their families better manage their disease and improve the quality of their lives."

With the theme "Taking Charge and Feeling Better," the May 1 Symposium will offer a half-day session with workshops on lupus and adolescents; lupus and skin; preventing infections, a potential threat to lupus patients; diet, exercise and bone health; contraception and pregnancy; lupus in men; and support sessions for families and friends. Michelle Petri, M.D., MPH Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md., Director, Hopkins Lupus Center will deliver the keynote address titled, "New Therapies for SLE."  

The LFAGW's free, ongoing services for lupus patients in the greater Washington area include:

  • Support Groups: offering education, current medical information and emotional support at hospitals and county libraries in Washington, Maryland and Virginia
  • Coping Strategies: through tips and information from LFAGW
  • Outreach Services: newly diagnosed patient workshops, lupus lecture series, teleconference series, the annual symposium, and the LFAGW newsletter

About LFAGW: Founded in 1974, the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington (LFAGW) Chapter, Inc. provides free, current information, education programs and outreach services to improve the quality of lives for people with lupus while also supporting research. Call toll-free in D.C., Md., Va. and W.Va.: 1-888-349-1167 or 202-349-1167. Web site:

SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter



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