Shining Bright for Lupus!

     Advocating for Lupus has been a pleasure for me.  Talking to lupus survivors, giving advice, lifting spirits and educating the public feels right to me.  I believe that having lupus has pushed me to do what I am supposed to do .  Though it is a terrible illness, I can now see it as a blessing.  It has brought me to find my passion.  I have always wanted to help, volunteer and have a career that assists the community, but I didn't know exactly know what I wanted to do.  Whether it was help children, work for a nonprofit, join the peace corps, etc.  Now I see that I am supposed to be helping my fellow lupies.  I noticed that when it comes to lupus awareness and helping lupus survivors I will push myself to do what needs to be done.
     When my boyfriend mentioned starting a lupus blog, I ran with it. Even though I am not the best writer and it is not my favorite thing to do; I love writing about lupus and sharing information with those whom are interested.  I just felt like I needed to do more.  He saw how fulfilled I was doing the blog and networking with people, so he mentioned starting a nonprofit.  I had thought about it, but i thought it was above my abilities at this point.  But when he said it, I ran with it.  So I have started Lupus Star Foundation.  We will provide support and services for lupus patients and their families, and eventually I would like to have a wellness center.  The wellness center is our future goal.  But for now, I would like to do whatever I can to assist my lupus butterflies.  
     We have already made it through our first event.  It was very successful!  I had a great time and didn't mind sitting in the heat for 9 hours a day.  I must really love you guys lol.  We had a booth at a fair here in Ypsilanti, MI.  We educated the passers by, collected donations, did face painting for donations, and sold handmade jewelry to raise money.  We still have beautiful bracelets and necklaces if your interested.  


     Our focus now is to raise funds in order to start doing events and offering services to lupus patients, as well as spreading awareness.  Some of the services we plan to offer are support groups, wellness days (massages, facials, etc.), emergency financial assistance, seminars, webinars, and many more.  I would like all of you to join the Lupus Star Foundation Website and spread the word.  There are forums there that I would like you all to participate in.  We want our website to become the place where lupus survivors and supporters go to share information, get advice and support, and meet each other.  You are the ones that need to start it off.  I need your support, so help me out guys.  You are my Stars!!  
     If you have any advice or resources that can help me and LSF become more successful please let me know, I would really appreciate it.  And if you know someone that would like to donate to our efforts, it can be done on the left side of the blog through paypal, or by mailing a check or money order (address is on the website).  Thanks guys!!