Lupus is more pervasive and more severe than people think, and has an impact that the public doesn’t realize. In fact, research shows that nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about lupus. You can help change that. Act now to help raise awareness of lupus this month. Join our many activities taking place throughout the state and encourage others to do the same. Download your Lupus Awareness Month awareness toolkit to get started now!
Florida has had the most amount of buildings and fountains lit purple for Lupus Awareness Month for the last 4 years.
Be a part of the world’s largest lupus walk and raise money for lupus education and research programs.
Wear purple on Friday, May 20 to show your support of those battling lupus.
Raise awareness by joining our social media networks and sharing information about lupus with your friends and family.
Help raise funds online to help us solve the cruel mystery of lupus
Ask you mayor, city commisioner, and state legislators to recognize May as Lupus Awareness Month by signing a proclamation.
Join us on May 4th as the Miami Marlins Strike out Lupus! Buy your ticket today (a portion of the proceeds supports LFA's mission and you get to sit in the special lupus section)! Kids eat free too!
Register for our Lupus Advocate Bureau Training, Support Group Training ,Living Well with Lupus Teleconference and our Lupus Q&A Seminar!
Check out what your community is doing to raise awareness this May.
Need more ideas? Check out 31 actions you can take this month:
May 1. Change your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter cover photos to one of our Lupus Awareness Month graphics and tell people why.Tag us and use the hashtags #knowlupus and #lfafl
May 2. Become a Founding Florida Friend and support the over 100,000 Floridians living with lupus and their loved ones.
May 3. The Great Give is a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. This year's event will take place from 12am on Tuesday, May 3rd until 12am on Wednesday, May 4th. Great Give is a meaningful way to discover your giving power and raise awareness about this cruel and mysterious disease. You can be a Lupus Superhero by joining us in celebrating the spirit of charitable giving. Show your support today!
May 4. Join us as the Marlins Strike out lupus on May 4th! Buy your tickets today! (A portion of the proceeds supports the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter mission and you get to sit in the special lupus section)! Kids eat free too!
May 6. Get your local official (city commissioner, mayor, etc) to declare May as Lupus Awareness Month, Send them a letter about why it is important to you along with a copy of our sample proclamation. Ask them if they can present it to you and take lots of pictures. Send them to your local paper and make sure to send us a copy or a photo so we can add you and your community to our Lupus Aware Zone.
May 7. For a future with no lupus, we must make sure others know lupus. Post a video or picture telling others what you want them to KNOW about LUPUS. Tag us and use the hashtags #knowlupus and #lfafl
May 8. Mother's Day is Sunday! Donate in honor of the mother in your life.
May 9. Learn about the Foundation's research initiatives at lupusfl.org/research
May 10. May 10 is World Lupus Day – share this video from Julian Lennon, Lupus Foundation of America’s global ambassador, and visit www.worldlupusday.org to see what other groups around the world are doing this day.
May 11. Enter our Lupus Awareness Month Office Door Contest and get your co-workers in on the fun! Check out our own contest for inspiration on our Facebook page. Just email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 18 at 9am. Let us know what company you work for so we can give your company a shout out! We will post photos on our Facebook page on May 19. The photo with the most likes wins a $20 Visa gift card.
May 12. Lupus can be an expensive disease to treat and hard to diagnose. Share these infographics to educate others.
May 13. Get involved with your LFA Florida Chapter and make a difference for the 100,000 people living with it and their loved ones.
May 14. Did you know that Florida has held the record the last 4 years of the most amount of landmarks that Light Up for Lupus for Lupus Awareness Month? Find the location nearest you and snap a photo. Post them online and include the hashtag #lightup4lupus and tell people why we are lighting the state purple.
May 15. Distribute purple wristbands to friends ( available for sale at our events and programs).
May 17. Host a faith-based awareness event at your place of worship. Share information about lupus with your congregations, families, and all people who attend your services.
May 18. Register for our Lupus and Primary Care Ask the Experts Teleconference.
May 19. Read and share our daily facts about lupus. Missed any facts? See the full list here.
May 20. It's POP Day! Pump Up the Purple and snap a picture! Don't forget to enter our photo contest for a really awesome prize! For more information, visit our Put on Purple page.
May 21. Walk with us today at Lake Eola in Orlando or find a Walk to End Lupus Now event near you and register your team or become a virtual walker or cheer and existing walker on by showing them your support and making a donation to their personal walker page.
May 22. Support our important vision of a life without lupus and make a gift today.
May 23. Make Your Mark in the fight against lupus this May by creating your own unique event to raise funds and awareness to support the millions of families affected by lupus. We’ll give you the tools you need to turn your passion into a way to raise money for a great cause.
May 24. Subscribe to Lupus Now Magazine.
May 25. Ask your Representative to join the Congressional Lupus Caucus.
May 26. Learn about participating in clinical trials in our Center for Clinical Trials Education.
May 27. Sign up to join the Lupus Advocate Bureau (LAB) and/or a media spokesperson.
May 29. Write a letter to Congress urging more funding for lupus research and eduation programs.
May 30. Share with us your best awareness month story. Email us and include a picture if you have one. We can't wait to see your incredible efforts!
May 31. Continue the momentum – visit our Get Involved web page to see how you can stay involved with the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter.