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The Foundation is dedicated to providing support to persons of all ages in southern Arizona who have been diagnosed with lupus. This support takes many forms, but perhaps the most important aspects are information and education. Those persons newly diagnosed with the disease have many questions and concerns…and all who live with lupus need to be able to have a ready source of information regarding new treatments and research activities, or sometimes just a person (or group of people) to talk with about their disease, their doctors and the challenges of living with lupus.

Our Office and Lending Library

The Foundation’s office is located in central Tucson at 4602 East Grant Road, just ½ block west of Swan directly across the street from Applebee’s. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Office Manager Sharon Smiley is available to answer most any question regarding the Foundation and the various aspects of dealing with lupus. The Foundation’s Lending Library is stocked with over 300 titles, including books, magazine articles, video tapes & DVD’s and Braille lupus information.

Get Support from our Local Groups

Tucson Support Group

Living with Lupus Support Group

Held on 3rd Wednesdays monthly at 10AM in the Lupus Office, at 4602 E. Grant Road. Each month you will have an opportunity to share your feelings and questions the other group members in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments are always available. Please call the office at 622-9006 if you would like to attend.

Coffee Talk

Join us for an open-forum, casual discussion of Lupus-related topics. This group is open to anyone who has Lupus, knows someone with Lupus, or wants to learn more about Lupus. The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona Office on 4602 East Grant Road in Tucson.

LFSA Programs - Coffee Talk

LFSA Programs - Coffee Talk

Tucson One-on-One Support

At times newly diagnosed patients find group support difficult and need to sit with a trained lupus facilitator to discuss issues related to a lupus diagnosis. The One-on-One Support system provides for this need. It is open to men, women and children. The support is held at the Lupus Office, located at 4602 E. Grant Road and the time and day is decided between the facilitator and the lupus patient. To take advantage of this program, call the lupus office at 622-9006 with your contact information and we will forward your information to the appropriate facilitator.

Facilitator for Men – Jack Dufficy
Facilitator for Women – Sue Tretter
Facilitator for Youth – Lindsey Watson

Bi-lingual Support

You can request lupus support in Spanish by contacting our office, 4602 E. Grant Road. Phone 520-622-9006 and toll free at 877-622-9006. After hours bi-lingual telephone lupus support facilitators are Alicia Merrell at 520-327-0727 or Lilly Depka at 520-296-7773. Alicia and Lilly will answer your questions and contact the office with your lupus literature request.

Tucson After-Hours Support

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with lupus and cannot contact our office during working hours, we have lupus patients available for phone support: Virginia Vasquez at 751-0548 and Sue Tretter at 298-7460. These long-time lupus patients have volunteered their time to offer the support you need over the phone until you are able to contact our office.

Douglas Area Support

Held monthly at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1020 D Avenue, Douglas, AZ 85607, Lupus Facilitator, Carol Huddleston oversees this group of lupus and other chronically ill patients. Carol provides support and compassion to each meeting and allows the groups that meet to select which day and time monthly works best. To attend, contact Carol Huddleston at 520-364-5028.