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Causes: Health, Health Support, Nerve, Muscle & Bone Diseases, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: To be a premier source of information on lupus by providing programs ana services designated to educate and increase the knowledge of those affected by lupus, promote lupus awareness, and support external lupus research efforts.

Target demographics: lupus patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: support services, education events, advocacy activity and research.

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 cvonraesfeld

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had it not been for the amazing people at the LFNC I may have spiraled out of control. In a period filled with panic attacks, high anxiety and multiple brain issues they kept me grounded. The support group has been an amazing resource and is inclusive of everyone, No one is ever turned away for lack of resources which puts this in the top of the Lupus Organizations. There is always a friendly face or a welcoming voice and plenty of food! A great organization to get involved with whether you are a patent or just looking for more information.

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lfnc Thank you, Christine! Your hard work for lupus patients everywhere inspires the staff each day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The lupus Foundation does phenomenal work for lupus patients and their families! Their volunteer base is always willing to give whatever is needed to meet the task. I am a lupus warrior and finding the support and friendship within this organization has had a lifting spiritual affect on me which I KNOW helps my lupus. The LFNC works hard to collaborate and partner with the Lupus Research Alliance in increasing lupus awareness and raise money for research. I am so impressed with the degree of community outreach this organization does. The LFNC is the hand that reaches out to us who are in need of support and understanding of our lupus condition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was wonderful to have a connection and a place to call for resources when I was diagnosed five years ago. My physician didn't give me any information or links to begin educating myself on the disease. My emails from the LFNC kept me up to date with research and resources. I was very grateful and participated in their 5k by organizing a team. The LFNC is vital to our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The LFNC is a wonderful organization. I have become more aware of this organization because my niece has lupus. The LFNC has become a huge part of my nieces life: helping her deal with and understand the disease, as well as enabling her to reach out to others and become a support person for others with the disease. I enjoy the yearly Lupus walk. Thanks LFNC for helping raise money to learn more about this disease and for being a great source of information for anyone wanting to learn more about the disease. And thank you for being a source of hope and support for those afflicted with the disease.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have a dear friend with lupus whom I've watched struggle daily with this disease that has taken pieces of her, a little at a time. I have supported through the Gala and Lupus walk through the years. She is very involved with this organization because she was able to get information through them to help her process her diagnosis. She wants all people to be able to turn to the LFNC get support for this devastating disease as she has! She is my connection and I see LFNC's importance through her.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lupus Foundation of Northern California embodies all of the traits a great nonprofit should have. The Executive Director and staff work tirelessly to provide the best support and resources for the community. Funds received by LFNC go directly to aid lupus patients and further research for a cure. Every member of the organization is committed to improving the lives of lupus patients and their families. I'm proud to be associated with such a great organization and help provide a brighter future.

2 Veronica43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Lupus Foundation of Northern California is a great nonprofit organization! My cousin has had Lupus for over 20 years and this organization has helped her tremendously over the years. This nonprofit helps people in need, they raise money for research, and they raise awareness about Lupus. This organization has also given my cousin a new purpose in life by giving her a job opportunity to work for the organization. I am extremely grateful to them for all they do to help my cousin and the community.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad to be here for your cousin.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister was diagnosed with lupus at about the same time my oldest daughter was born. She was able to last through both good and bad times and still manage to take care of my two daughters. I never fully understood the disease until she became an advocate for the cause. The Lupus Foundation of Northern California has given her a voice for her pain and the pain that others with Lupus go through every day.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thanks for your review! We are so proud to help give a voice to those with lupus.

1 cvonraesfeld

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had it not been for the amazing people at the LFNC I may have spiraled out of control. In a period filled with panic attacks, high anxiety and multiple brain issues they kept me grounded. The support group has been an amazing resource and is inclusive of everyone, No one is ever turned away for lack of resources which puts this in the top of the Lupus Organizations. There is always a friendly face or a welcoming voice and plenty of food! A great organization to get involved with whether you are a patent or just looking for more information.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you, Christine! Your hard work for lupus patients everywhere inspires the staff each day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Until the past year, my only association was the LFNC was the annual walk, which I felt was my obligation as a person with lupus. Until the past year, I did not realize what an integral part of my life it has become. Not only have I gotten much needed support, but I have made great friends in the lupus community and expanded my knowledge of my disease by hosting seminars and conferences. I am happy to be one of the charter members of the lupus buddy program and went through the patient education class. I can't imagine my life without the LFNC I just wish I had discovered I needed them earlier, might have helped me through some tough times. Thank you to everyone at the LFNC for your hard work and dedication.

Debra102

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter-in-law was diagnosed with Lupus at an early age. LFNC has been a great resource for her and helped me better understand the disease. I have participated in the 5K run/walk and the gala and never cease to be amazed by the dedication of the staff, board members and volunteers of this great organization. They provide a valuable service to the community with their newsletters, networking and research. Hopefully their efforts will lead to eradication of this and many other autoimmune diseases. Keep up the good work LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your review. We are very glad we were able to help you understand lupus and we are incredibly grateful for your support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Can't say enough about Lupus Foundation of Northern CA (LFNC). An extremely dedicated staff, ED, volunteers, board members and supporters who care deeply about helping Lupus patients and their families. Not knowing a thing about the illness prior to my diagnoses LFNC became my go to place for information, resources, programs and support. They have truly made an impact on the lives of so many patients myself included.

I am thankful for their support on my lupus journey which has lead me back to them. Must say LFNC is GREAT stand out !! Non profit !!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your incredible dedication to the cause and hard work on behalf of everyone with lupus.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LFNC provides valuable information and is a great resource for the Lupus community. I am impressed with the kind hearted , dedicated board members and volunteers. Keep doing what your doing!!!Great Job. Thank you for all that you do!.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A childhood friend of mine has Lupus and has been such an amazing advocate for research and spreading awareness. Because of her, I was introduced to the Lupus Foundation and learned of the amazing work that they do. We have also donated to the organization because we believe so deeply in the cause. Understanding Lupus, or any other chronic disease, is so important to increasing research dollars and to hopefully one day finding a cure. In the meantime, the more we understand, the more we can support others.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your review and for you support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My best friend has lupus and other medical issues and the information and stories enables me to better understand and offer guidance. Not being in the medical profession and not experiencing her daily obstacles learning from professionals and the community has been insightful and a support system for me.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your review! I'm so glad that we have been able to help you understand lupus.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have participated in the annual 5k walk/run, in Saratoga, for many years but wasn't really aware of the wonderful supportive role the LFNC does until i was invited to the annual gala in San Jose, by Roberta Kracht. Listening to the speakers talk about their journey through this disease is heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. People with Lupus and their families are so fortunate to have this organization for support and research. Our family thanks you and supports you and is looking forward to the day a cure is found!

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lfnc 10/24/2016

Thanks so much for your kind comments!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of the Lupus Foundation's great work through Roberta, my mother-in-law, as we participated in fundraisers like the 5K run/walk and the annual dinner. Their work is inspiring to so many who lean on the Foundation for strength in the very difficult journey of lupus survivors, and it helps to lighten their very considerable burdens while also supporting critical research. As an aside, their events have given us a wonderful way to bring family and friends together to affirm our love for Roberta, and I know I see that in many other families in the community as well.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind words. Your dedication to helping LFNC and the lupus cause is incredible and we appreciate it.

3 sobz03

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year, the professionalism, dedication, and hard work exemplified by the LFNC's staff continues to amaze me. It is clear that they care about lupus patients and creating an awareness of this autoimmune conditions in the community at large. They facilitate numerous patient education classes, support group meetings, fundraisers, walks and new programs. One of the newest programs to launch out of the LFNC is the Lupus Buddy Program in which patients are paired together as a personalized support system. The LFNC hosted a Buddy Program celebration with a Qi Gong specialist, a Chinese alliterative medicine specialist, and a therapist. The attendees loved the event! The LFNC is a place of support, trust, and care for many newly diagnosed and seasoned patients when no one else around them understands their disease and their journey with this disease. Thank you, LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind review. Your dedication and hard work on behalf of lupus patients helps us at LFNC to do our job and inspires us each day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LFNC is one of the greatest resources for people with lupus and for supporting lupus awareness. They are sweet, kind, caring, and intelligent people. I've never had a bad experience with them, and no matter how much I call them or how busy they are, they are always will to help--patiently in fact. As a volunteer, I know firsthand from testimonies people have felt urged to randomly give me that they regularly make a deep and impacting difference in the lives of lupus patients, their families, and their friends. Great job, and keep up the amazing work, LFNC!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a child diagnosed with lupus before the internet, my resources for information and support from this disease was very limited. The only local organization I found was the Lupus Foundation of Northern California. It offered me a wealth of knowledge and reduced the isolation that is so common with lupus. I was a client served, then a volunteer in the 90's, a presenter at local events, and now, a board member. I am so proud of this organization and the support that we provide to the local community.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind words and your dedication to help other lupus patients.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for the LFNC in 1996 after my mother succumbed to this awful disease. To deal with my grief, I turned to the LFNC for support and for help trying to better understand how lupus affects African-Americans. After seventeen years of volunteering at the 5k, Dial-A-Doctor night and other events, I became a board member in 2013. My journey with this organization has been one of the most positive things that I've ever done. I found the support I needed to move on with my life and I'm surrounded with some of the most caring and hard-working staff and board members. Everyone at the LFNC is so dedicated in keeping our organization solvent so we can continue helping lupus patients in the Bay Area, Northern California and across the country. Here's to a life without lupus!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your review! Your dedication to the LFNC and the lupus community is amazing and we greatly appreciate it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing local charity that supports lupus patients in Northern California. The staff is so dedicated and caring and they really make a difference in the lives of people challenged by this debilitating disease.

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your review and your continued dedication to the Lupus community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

LFNC has a dedicated team of volunteers that are committed to helping patients with lupus. They provide vital local services that the larger lupus organizations cannot provide.

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1 kgm14

Board Member

Rating: 5

My sister contacted LFNC over 20 years ago while living and working in SF and newly diagnosed. She's has had a journey and along the way LFNC has provided support and I'm so proud of of my sister. She now lives well with Lupus. Together we support and advocate for Lupus patients and are part of the amazing and dedicated Board and staff at LFNC. LFNC, thank you and keep up the great work for the Lupus community! I can't say enough about the dedication and commitment of LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your words and your long-time advocacy for the lupus community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very grateful for all the work that LFNC does for Lupus patients and their families over the years! A terrific group of dedicated, caring, committed staff and volunteers that provide education and support through their conferences, fundraisers/walk/run, and meetings. LFNC - truly provides support for patients, caregivers and the whole Lupus community. Keep up the great job! Thank you.

1 jremley

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved with LFNC since 1994, shortly after my wife was diagnosed. It's amazing what the staff and volunteers do to support lupus patients and family members during good and bad times. The educational courses, opportunity to participate in research, lupus buddy program, as well as community fundraisers all make the LFNC a great non-profit. I don't know where my wife and I would have gone after she was diagnosed to get answers and support services regarding life with lupus. A big THANK YOU LFNC!

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lfnc 10/29/2016

Thank you for your kind words. LFNC wouldn't be here without you and we appreciate all that you do/have done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been volunteering for the foundation a few years. Staff are wonderful to work with. Before I started to volunteer, I didn't know anything about Lupus. The foundation is doing great work to support Lupus patient as well as promoting awareness. As a volunteer, I always have a great time helping out at the office or at the event. I also met other volunteers and they're so wonderful to work with.