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Lupus Foundation of Northern California

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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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!

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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.

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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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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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been involved with the Lupus Foundation of No. Calif since I was first diagnosed with lupus in 1996. At that time they served my needs by providing information and teaching me how important it was to educate myself. I have volunlteered, done fundraising, served on the Board and started a support group with a grant from the LFNC 10 years ago. I have seen the organization change to meet the current needs of all lupus patients. They have especially stepped up efforts to provide support and information to young people with lupus through social networks. I am very proud to be associated with the LFNC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with Lupus in 1996, I found their newsletter in my rheumatologist's office with a timely article that applied specifically to me. I became a member of the organization and through their services I learned about lupus and how to manage my disease in a pro-active positive way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The LFNC is a great organization with a rich history of helping those afflicted with Lupus. By offering education, events, and most important, awareness, to the Lupus cause, the LFNC is an important champion in helping people live with Lupus.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For six years I saw the Lupus Foundation help lupus patients by assuring that current and pertinent information was available. With a clear focus on education and promoting awareness, the Foundation helps patients to find their way with a disease so often mis-diagnosed or overlooked. By conducting conferences with medical experts; producing and circulating literature and newsletters; maintaining a web-site with current information; monitoring the latest lupus research; and working with national research organizations, the Foundation makes itself highly relevant to the lupus community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My sister was diagnosed with lupus in 2005. Our family knew very little about the disease. The LFNC was instrumental in provided us the resources and information we needed to learn about this disease. The education classes and confereneces were so helpful to my sister. I was so impressed with this organization and what they offered to lupuis patients that I knew I wanted to be more involved and so joined the Board.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved on the Board of LFNC and applaud the commitment of its members, staff and supporters, to provide ongoing education and counseling for those affilcted with Lupus. Through their efforts, they bring answers to troubling questions about the disease and guidance for those in need of assistance.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Jo to interview for a Board position and it was her passion and vision for LFNC that helped start me on my five year learning journey. I had never even heard of Lupus and now I have gratefully been able to refer clients and friends for services and for donations. The whole community of volunteers is amazing and I am proud to have been a part of such a genuinely dedicated group of men and women.