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4699 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA, 92123
United States


Upcoming Event

Learning About Lupus Symposium on May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hollaine Hopkins


In honor of Lupus Awareness Month, the Lupus Foundation of Southern California is hosting a symposium on Lupus at our office:

United Way Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.
Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Speakers will include Dr. Weinstein, Emeritus Chief of Rheumatology & Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Booth, founder of the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service, focusing on self-management of chronic illness and improving general health, and Dr. Kalunian, UCSD Director of Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium. It is open to the public and we encourage people suffering from lupus as well as their family and friends to attend.

We hope you can join us and help us spread the word through email, social media, or however you can about Learning about Lupus Symposium. Please feel free to email us or call 858-278-2788 if you have any questions.



About the Speakers:

Dr. Arthur Weinstein has a long academic career with a clinical and research focus on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and other Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University and has served as Professor since 2002. In addition, Dr Weinstein is Emeritus Chief of Rheumatology, Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center in D.C. He is also the Chief Medical Officer at Exagen. 

Dr. Kenneth Kalunian is the Associate Director of the Center for Innovative Therapy and also a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. He is also the UCSD Director of Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium 

Dr. Sara Booth founded the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service, where the focus is on self management of chronic illness and improving general health. This model is now being replicated worldwide. She is also interested in the well-being and health in chronic illness and has recently carried out some research into barriers to employment in SLE. She will also be speaking at the American Thoracic Society about her research in improving breathlessness (dyspnoea) in chronic disease. 

FREE Monthly Support Groups

Hollaine Hopkins

The support group promotes the sharing of feelings, experiences, and information. All lupus patients, their family, and friends are encouraged to attend.

San Diego Monthly Support Group
3rd Saturday of the Month

@ United Way Building

4699 Murphy Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92123
Next support meeting is on
*Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

North San Diego Monthly Support Group
2nd Saturday of ever Even Month

@ Rancho Bernardo Library

17110 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 in the Bill & Marcia Collins Community Room.

Next support meeting is on
Saturday, June 9th, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


*We will not have a support group meeting on May 19th, 2018. Instead we will have a special event, “Learning about Lupus,” on May 19th, 2018 in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.

Beer to the Rescue for People with Lupus

Hollaine Hopkins

Beer to the Rescue for People with Lupus

After several years of life-impacting suffering, Hernández was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014. Rather than simply be a victim, he decided to invoke the strength of San Diego’s renowned brewing community to make a positive difference for people living with Lupus. “Most people have heard about Lupus or know someone who suffers from it, but few know anything beyond the name of this autoimmune disease—what it is, its effect on those who have it or the fact that it is severely under-researched,” says Hernández. “It affects a large number of people in the U.S., yet there isn’t even a test to determine whether someone has Lupus, nor are there Lupus-specific drugs to help people live with this lifelong condition. This needs to change and, thanks to the compassion, energy and generosity of the craft breweries participating in Beer to the Rescue, 2015 holds a great deal of promise for those so ably assisted by the LFSC and the positive initiatives the agency is integrally involved with.”

The following is a list of the brewing companies participating in the Beer to the Rescue campaign. Most will produce beers, while others with more limited brewing capacity will take part in various other ways such as donations, special events and making the LFSC a featured charity at their public venues.

32 North Brewing Co., Miramar

AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar

Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach

Aztec Brewery, Vista

Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Little Italy

Benchmark Brewing Co., Grantville

Bolt Brewery, La Mesa

Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado

Council Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa

Intergalactic Brewing Co., Miramar

Iron Fist Brewing Co., Vista

Lightning Brewery, Poway

Mike Hess Brewing Co., North Park

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, East Village

Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista

New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley

Nickel Beer Co., Julian

Pizza Port, Solana Beach

Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept, San Marcos

Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos

Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Stone Brewing Co., Escondido

Toolbox Brewing Co., Vista

URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon

The first beer to be released as part of the Beer to the Rescue campaign will be Hildegard, a triple India pale ale (IPA) lent to the cause by Benchmark Brewing Company. The beer will debut during a release event at the company’s tasting room (6190 Fairmount Avenue, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120) beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. LFSC representatives will be on-hand to speak with patrons and the beer will be served in a commemorative glass guests may take home with them.

Other upcoming beers include a Belgian-style quadrupel from Nickel Beer Co., a dry-hopped Belgian-style table beer brewed with rhubarb from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, and an imperial milk stout infused with chocolate, orange and spicy chilies from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Information about future beers and their availability as well as Beer for the Cure events will be posted on the campaign’s Facebook page and via its Twitter account (@BeerToTheRescue). The LFSC and participating breweries will also post information about beers and events on their websites and social media accounts. Beers are scheduled to release one-or-two per month through December, with at least three breweries releasing beers during the month of May in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.

Interview opportunities with participating brewers, venues, campaign personnel and representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Southern California are available. Numerous venues are open to beer-tasting and live broadcast segments upon request.

Media Contacts:

Brandon HernándezSabrina LopiccoloHollaine Hopkins

Campaign FounderPublic RelationsExecutive Director

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