Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month is an annual observance in May to call attention to lupus and its impact on the lives of millions of individuals and families.   Building awareness of lupus is essential to improving the diagnosis and treatment of this cruel disease that disproportionately affects minorities and women in the prime of their lives. During May, the Lupus Foundation of America asks all Americans to join the fight against lupus and take action to help expand lupus research efforts. 

Lupus is a mysterious and devastating disease that ravages different parts of the body and has no known cause and no known cure. The disease is more pervasive and more severe than people think, and has an impact that the public doesn’t realize. A recent survey revealed nearly three-fourths of Americans ages 18 to 34 – those at the highest risk for lupus – have never heard of lupus or know little or nothing about lupus beyond its name.

Activities during Lupus Awareness Month

One of many activities that will occur during Lupus Awareness Month is Put On Purple Day. Purple is the color used by the lupus community. The Foundation asks everyone to wear purple, work with community leaders to illuminate local fountains and buildings in purple that day, and tell others why they support people affected by lupus.

Other ways the public can join the fight to end lupus during Lupus Awareness Month include:

Share Lupus Information with Friends, Family and Colleagues – Post fliers throughout the office and the community. Share daily facts about lupus or place a banner within newsletters, on websites, and on social media sites.

Lupus Voices Across America™ – Post personal stories on to explain why lupus is a cruel mystery at The Foundation will share these stories through social media and other channels during May.

Purple Wristbands – Distribute the purple “Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery™” wristbands to friends and co-workers (available for purchase at

Walk to End Lupus Now™ – Visit to find a Lupus Foundation of America Walk in your community, and put together a team of walkers. Every step raises money for lupus research and education services.

World Lupus Day® - Observed annually on May 10, World Lupus Day serves to give a single voice to all individuals affected by this devastating and debilitating chronic disease around the globe. Visit

Activities conducted by our National Network of Chapters - Visit the website of your nearest chapter to learn about local activities to observe Lupus Awareness Month.