Jun. 03, 2013

That’s A Wrap! Thank You For Another Amazing Lupus Awareness Month!

Every June, we reflect back on the past month and are always amazed at the success of Lupus Awareness Month. It’s no different this year. Once again, we saw incredible participation during the month of May and that’s all thanks to people like you, along with our Chapters and partners.

Because of you, whether you shared or retweeted facts about lupus, held educational events in your community, joined a Walk to End Lupus Now™, or simply wore purple and told people why, more people than ever learned about lupus during the month of May than ever before.

Thanks to all of you, we:

  • Reached more than 2 million people weekly with lupus facts, graphics and other educational content
  • Educated more than 1,000,000 people about the signs and symptoms of lupus through our popular body infographic (right) on Facebook alone. See the full-sized version.
  • Had the highest monthly traffic on our website (lupus.org) in the history of the organization
  • Gathered more than 30,000 signatures on the petition to Congress asking them to support more lupus research

But the successes did not stop there. The response to Put On Purple Day, which was held nationally for the first time last year, was overwhelming! More than 500 people sent in photos of themselves, friends, family and even pets all dressed in purple. Multiple local and national TV anchors Put On Purple for lupus awareness, including Michael Strahan from Live with Kelly and Michael!

Michael Strahan from Live with Kelly and Michael wore our purple wristband and educated the audience about lupus In Mobile, Alabama, the Fox 10 morning show Studio 10 talent wore purple in support of ‘Put on Purple Day’! Purple nails, purple makeup, purple clothes, purple everything!

This year, more buildings and landmarks were lit purple for Put On Purple or World Lupus Day than ever before, including for the first time ever, the famous Seattle Great Wheel (lit by our Pacific Northwest Chapter) and Los Angeles International Airport. And a big thank you goes out to our friends at Saks Fifth Avenue, who Put On Purple on 5th avenue for the second year in a row. Don’t they look fantastic?

Some of the Saks Fifth Avenue Staff POP for lupus awareness! Congratulations to the Pacific Northwest Chapter for lighting the Great Wheel purple!
Because of an idea from lupus activist Suzette B., we lit LAX pylons purple for World Lupus Day!


Though Lupus Awareness Month may be over, our efforts continue year-round with your help. Thank you all again for your support and stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, or email for the latest in lupus research, treatments, and more. We can’t wait to see what we can achieve together next year!