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If you are interested in planning your own event, please call Lupus Ontario at 1-877-240-1099 or email 

Annual Report for 2012/2013

Lupus Ontario's Annual Report for 2012 and 2013 can be viewed and downloaded.  Please click here for the Annual Report.

Mission Statement

Lupus Ontario is a team of caring and enthusiastic volunteers and staff who are passionately committed to helping those with lupus live longer and better by raising funds that deliver vital support, education, awareness and research.

Medical Advisory Board

  • Dr. Murray Urowitz, Toronto Western Hospital Lupus Clinic
  • Dr. Dafna Gladman, Toronto Western Hospital Lupus Clinic
  • Dr. Janet Pope, St. Joseph's Health Care Centre, Arithritis Institute
  • Dr. Judah Deburg, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Division
  • Dr. C. Douglas Smith, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Dr. Earl Silverman, Hosptial for Sick Children
  • Dr. Derek Haaland, Barrie and the North
  • Dr. Mark Matsos, Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster Div and St. Joseph's Hamilton Healthcare
  • Dr. Amanda Steiman, Rheumatologist in Training, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Dr. Zahi Touma, Rheumatologist in Training, Toronto Western Hospital

LSM Insurance and Lorne Marr Planning Early for 2015 Lupus Bowl

Lorne Marr of LSM Insurance is already starting to make plans towards next years 2015 LSM Insurance Lupus Bowling Event.

This year's event took place on February 7, 2014 and was a huge success; helping raise over $2500 and spreading awareness in the Toronto/Markham Community.

The event had very good corporate support including Canada Protection Plan, Industrial Alliance and Assumption Life and Marr thinks that the event will continue to gather support among his firms' corporate partners.

Lorne Marr Excited to Showcase His Bowling Skills Again

His wife Chantal Marr, President of LSM Insurance received a letter of support from both the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti, the Premier of Ontario and Kathleen Wynne.  Both Lorne and his wife are hopeful they may be able to get the Mayor or the Premier to attend the event next year.

As an insurance brokerage firm, LSM Insurance specializes in dealing with hard to insure Canadians and therefore, they are no strangers to the financial and emotional devastation caused by a disease such as Lupus.  A proactive company, LSM meets the challenges of serious illnesses head on by providing education and information about how insurance greatly eases the financial burden and by raising money for charitable organizations that have pledged to fight these diseases.

The proposed date for next year's event is February 13, 2015. Lorne Marr's donation goal is set for $5000.00.  To make a donation to the LSM Lupus Bowl Event please donate online at or you can call the Lupus Ontario office (toll free) 1-877-240-1099.


Give the Gift of Support


There is no greater gift you can give to someone living with lupus, a life altering disease, than the gift of support. When you make a donation to Lupus Ontario, we can deliver programs and services that help people with lupus live longer and better lives. In addition, your donation helps us increase public awareness , education and research.

Lupus Ontario faces major challenges in 2014. Please consider making a donation to Lupus Ontario. We are a small charity with a big heart that is making a difference.  The person or people you choose to honour with your gift will receive a card and a notification that you have celebrated them with a donation to Lupus Ontario. Each charitable gift over $20 is tax receiptable.

If you would like to make a donation please click the link below:




Expert Q & A's

Ask the Expert
By Dr. Janet Pope

Question: "I have had blood work for possible Lupus or mixed connective tissue disease. My ANA has been increasingly elevated over the past 18 months. I have a very high anti-DNA (SS) but my anti-DNA (DS) is within normal range. What is the difference in these titers? What are they specific for? "

Answer: A single stranded antiDNA is more common than a double stranded and not specific for Lupus. However, you don't need to have either antiDNA antibodies positive ... Read More

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Donate Today

Shoppers Drug Mart offers a charity initiative that can greatly benefit Lupus Ontario.
You can donate some or all of your Shoppers Optimum Points to Lupus Ontario. This will help us purchase merchandise at Shoppers Drug Mart such as office supplies and fundraising items. Please click here to find out how you can help.
Donate Your Shoppers Optimum Points to Lupus Ontario!
Lupus Ontario thanks the many members who have donated their Optimum Points.
membership brochure and mail to Lupus Ontario or call 1-877-240-1099 (Ontario only) and speak with Karen.

Let's Conquer Lupus…

Lupus Ontario will provide support in all of your fundraising endeavours. Please contact the Lupus Ontario office at 1-877-240-1099 or email Juanita Butler at to notify us of your event in support of a great cause.

Become a Lupus Ontario Member

Lupus Ontario's membership fee is only $25.00 per calendar year.

There are many benefits to membership with Lupus Ontario:

  • You will receive a complimentary copy of the booklet "Living Well With Lupus; Facts. You will receive three newsletters a year that will bring you information from current research to upcoming activities
  • You will be part of a vibrant organization that is making a difference in the lives of people living with lupus.

Click here to print a copy of the Lupus Ontario membership form

 Lupus Ontario's Donna Chu Award goes to... 

 Paula Courtney, Lori Shedlosky and Michael Stewart pose for a photo shoot honouring Paula Courtney with this year's Donna Chu Award.

Paula Courtney was  given 10 years to live in 1993. Her first reaction was, "Not going to happen." She was only 28 and she was not going to let this disease slow her down. She lived to be 49 years old and outlived every doctors expectations. It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Paula Courtney.  She passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday August 17, 2014.

Lupus Ontario recognized Paula on November 2, 2013 at the Italian Dinner honouring her with the President's Choice Donna Chu Memorial Award for the most outstanding lupus fundraising volunteer.

Paula had raised just shy of $33,000 through the Baby Steps, Step by Step campaign. Let us not forget her hard work and dedication helping those live longer and better with lupus.  

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Paula Courtney, please visit

I can still hear her saying "if you can only donate 25 cents, we will take it because every little bit helps"

You are our Friend, our Companion and our Angel. Rest in Peace Paula.  You will be thought of always and sadly missed.




 Woodystock - Sep 20, 2014

Rock the night away at Woodystock 2014.

On September 20th join us in celebration of Woodystock. Line up of outstanding rock bands await you for an adventure you will never forget. Allow yourself the freedom to enjoy wild entertainment - sit back and absorb the magnificent music, or stand up and dance until your feet can't dance anymore.  

Prepare to ROCK and ROLL Woodystock Style.

Doors Open at 6.00 PM and the Bands start at 6.30 PM.

Location:  Eaton Hall Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket.

Click here for more information.

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