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Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus Celebrates 4th Annual Lupus Awareness Month in Oregon

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Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus Celebrates

4th Annual Lupus Awareness Month in Oregon

The organization is hosting a comprehensive

patient forum, launching a new television and radio campaign and lupus walk

Live (streaming) kick-off slated for May 2nd at 11:00am at the Clear Channel studios


Portland, OR –The Oregon State Legislature unanimously approved the designation of May as Lupus Awareness Month 4 years ago – giving a voice to those with the devastating disease of lupus.  Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, based in Portland, has been on the frontlines of bringing the disease of lupus out of the shadows and into the light. Now the organization is poised to launch a comprehensive patient forum, a two-state awareness campaign with radio and television and continue fighting for those with lupus here in the Northwest. 


A live streamed event is slated for May 2nd at 11am.  Hear the new radio campaign and see the new TVcampaign being launched in Oregon and Washington featuring local lupus patients, See the special insert publication by All Things Real Estate inside Willamette Week, learn more from the President of Alliance for Lupus Research from New York, meet the speaker of the house and learn more about this Oregon milestone, Learn about a very important patient forum at OMSI on May 10th, and meet those with lupus stepping forward and putting their reputations and voices into action.


To watch the live event visit:


NOTE: In Oregon and Washington – lupus is more common than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and cystic fibrosis combined – yet few know this fact.


WHO:  Molly McCabe (founder), David Szyplinski (Executive Director), Karrie Sundbom (Digital Marketing Manager), Bob Strong (Development Director), Kenneth M. Farber (president of the Alliance for Lupus Research), Tracie Stone (Program Manager), BJ Cavnor (Executive Director One in Four Chronic Health), plus many others with lupus


WHAT: Live Streaming Event – unveiling of a new awareness campaign entitled Out of the Shadows, and highlighting Lupus Awareness Month activities.  Plus learn about Molly’s Fund advocacy, healthcare interests for Oregonians with lupus, social media interactions and much more.


WHEN: 11:00am, Friday, May 2nd


WHERE: Live from Clear Channel Studios – Portland


BACKGROUND: In 2011 Senator Diane Rosenbaum and Representative Carolyn Tomei, co-chairs of the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance (OWHWA), with Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus and others dedicated to promoting women’s health, pushed Oregon Bill 348 to passing and made this landmark dedication and recognition a reality.  This continued dedication is important to those thousands of Oregonians who have suffered in relative silence with lupus.


To learn more about May as Lupus Awareness Month in Oregon

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Lupus Awareness Month Activities:


The 3rd annual Dine & Donate for Lupus is happening at Baja Fresh Restaurants all around the Portland area.  Here’s a great way to raise money for Molly’s Fund mission of awareness and advocacy.  You can fill out the Molly’s Fund card at the counter for either $1 or $5 to help generate awareness for lupus research, education and outreach!


DATE:             May 1st to June 8th

LOCATION:    All around Portland

VISIT:     for details 



The Lupus and Autoimmune Condition Patient Forum – is scheduled for May 10th at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).  This educational forum is a place for patients, caregivers and advocates for anyone living with lupus, an autoimmune disease or chronic condition to come together as a community as we work to increase awareness and educate ourselves and others about these conditions. We hope you will join us as we engage in interactive discussions, presentations from leaders in the field, and learn about programs and organizations supporting patients and their families on their journey.


DATE:             May 10th from 2pm to 5pm

LOCATION:    OMSI – 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214



Gathering of Hope: the lupus community comes together at OMSI

Each year for Lupus Awareness Month, Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus holds an event to honor those who have lost their battle with lupus. This year, the Gathering of Hope will occur at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry inside their Theory restaurant and meeting area.  It’s a gorgeous spot overlooking the Willamette River and personal stories will be shared, a vigil will occur, and together we will push for cure.  The Event starts at 6:00pm, parking is free at OMSI.


DATE:             May 10th, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

LOCATION:    OMSI – 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214



Butterflies in the Park – A Walk for Lupus Awareness is back and being held at Oaks Park!  Last year, more than 300 people affected by lupus joined Molly’s Fund for a morning of walking, talking, education and advocacy.  This year, the organization expects close to 500 people to participate.  Joining the walk is easy – visit to register and look for the Getting Involved tab.


“Our Butterflies in the Park event is just so much fun, and it helps us raise money to continue fighting and advocating for those with lupus,” said Molly McCabe, co-founder of Molly’s Fund.  “The walk each year is so inspirational; that other lupus walks in our name are starting to sprout up around the country!”


DATE:             June 8th

LOCATION:    Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, OR 97202)

TIME:              9″30am-12:00pm (noon)





Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). When a person has lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, and it cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. The result is intense inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.  There is no cure, and thousands of Oregonians suffer from this illness, and millions do worldwide.

Additionally, Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus offers tremendous resources those afflicted with lupus.  Their web site,, is an amazing online forum and community for those with lupus.  

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