Lupus Link to dissolve; work will continue

It is with sadness, but also profound gratefulness, that we are reaching out to our community of supporters with the news that our board has made the difficult decision to dissolve Lupus Link Minnesota. Despite strong efforts on the part of many over the past year and a half, our organization hasfaced financial challenges which make it difficult for us to continue operations.

Although we will no longer be leading the effort, our board has taken steps to ensure that lupus research remains a priority in Minnesota with the transfer of the Susan B. Meckstroth Endowment to the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for Autoimmune Diseases Research (CADRe) in November. Please continue to follow CADRe as a source of information and support as they carry on our mission of advancing cutting-edge lupus research. If you have previously donated to the endowment, or are interested in doing so, you can do so here.

Your donations will continue to support the important types of autoimmune research that will one day lead to a cure for lupus. All funds remaining from Lupus Link Minnesota after our final dissolution will be directed toward the endowment.

We remain eternally grateful to you, our supporters. With your help, we accomplished a great deal that we can all be proud of. Thank you for bringing light and hope to this cause that we all share.

Our greatest wish is that you continue your efforts to build support around the lupus community and raise awareness about this devastating disease. We encourage you to reach out to and follow the Lupus Foundation of America, a nation-wide organization with a host of resources for those diagnosed with lupus and their loved ones, and the Lupus Research Alliance, an organization that directs all donations directly to lupus research.

While this is the end of our story, it is not the end of your story. Lupus Link Minnesota was always about the people behind it, the lupus champions who rallied to support our shared mission. We leave with a sense of great hope and faith in our community, knowing that while much progress has been made, there is still much work to be done. Thank you for your support.

(Editor’s note: Lupus Link Minnesota began in 2017, taking over the work of the longtime group Lupus Foundation of Minnesota announced that it would give its resources to Lupus Link Minnesota. Lupus Link Minnesota was dedicated to advancing knowledge and mobilizing resources to improve the lives of all Minnesotans and those beyond affected by lupus and related autoimmune diseases. It did so by supporting research that seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus as well as to discover its cause and cure, and by providing education, support and service to those impacted by lupus including promoting awareness and understanding of lupus and its impact to the broader community).