Remembering Meaghan Fox
Meaghan Fox passed away on February 17, 2021. Meaghan touched and enriched many lives in her 23 years. She was an advocate for lupus awareness and worked tirelessly to make lives better for everyone living in the lupus community. We were honored that Meaghan worked with the LSI and the Associate Board. She will be missed.
Meaghan Breanne Fox
Meaghan Breanne Fox, 23 years. Cherished daughter of Barb and Jim Fox. Beloved sister of Jaime (Lee) Mora, Kristen (Scott) Baron, James (Shannon) Fox, Daniel Fox, and Nicholas Fox. Treasured aunt to 8 nieces and nephews. Adored by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Meaghan was a fighter, a Lupus Warrior, who dealt with pain and disabilities with true grace. Always there to help a person in need in spite of her own daily battles. Meg had an extraordinary inner beauty who believed in giving second chances and the inner wisdom to say “I love you” at every chance she had. Her adventurous spirit and wicked sense of humor will be missed. We cherish every moment we had her in our lives.
Those who want to honor her are asked to take the time to perform an act of kindness for someone in need. Donations can be made in Meaghan’s name to www.lupusil.org/meaghanfox. Use this website to read more stories about Meaghan and her fight against Lupus. All donations go to the Lupus Research Alliance. To share loving or humorous and personal stories about Meaghan go to www.legacy.com. Arrangements entrusted to the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, Crestwood. (708) 824-9000 or www.becvarfuneralhome.com
Share Your Memories of Meaghan
(Meaghan shared the story below when she was the Lupus Walk Ambassador in 2016. We wanted to re-print her story here.)
How the Lupus Society of Illinois and the
Living with Lupus Grant Brought Me Back
By Meaghan Fox
Anyone with lupus knows that it is not a cheap disease to fight. Most people battling it end up needing treatments and drugs that run shelf price in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. As a patient of lupus myself, I can personally attest to this. Having lupus not only requires specialized drugs and treatments but also an ever-revolving door of procedures, blood tests, medication changes, hospital stays, months long waiting lists, specialist appointments and drug trials. As you can imagine, the bills start piling up and your savings start to dwindle.
That is where the Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) stepped in. They listened to my story and learned about the difficulties I face every day due to my lupus diagnosis. LSI showed compassion when the world seemed like an ugly, unfair place and reminded me that there are people out there that genuinely care about the well-being of others. That is what the Living with Lupus Grant is all about.
I now have a new energy in my step and can honestly say that this whole experience brought me back from a dark place and once again into the light and love that others that care can give to you.
So I want to say thank you for giving me my pride, individuality and self-esteem back and the power to know that I can hold my head high, that lupus is not my “label” and that I do not need to be ashamed of my diagnosis. I might have lupus, but this grant reminded me that lupus will NEVER have me.