May. 01, 2017 6:00 am—May. 31, 2017 11:59 pm |

May is Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month and May 19th is 'Put on Purple' Day!

We need your help to ensure more people in our area know about lupus. You can plan your own awareness event in May - we can give you the tools. If you need assistance or if you have an event planned, please contact us at info@lupusindiana.org317.225.4400 or toll free 800.948.8806 and we will help you promote!

Check out the National Lupus Awareness page

Lupus Awareness Month Toolkit

Following are events taking place; we hope you'll plan on participating:

Tues, May 2 - PJ Day - One of our valued partners, the Rheumatology Nurses Society, is raising awareness and honoring their patients by hosting a fundraiser on May 2 – PJ Day. Staff at rheumatology clinics will raise funds or make a donation in order to wear their PJs to work. RNS President, Iris Zink was inspired by one of her patients, and started using the number of PJ Days per week to understand how a patient was feeling and help determine the best treatment. PJ Day not only raises awareness and funds, but creates a picture of the everyday impact of this disease. Read more about the PJ Day story.

Thur, May 4, 11:00 am-2:30 pm - Participation in Anthem Health and Wellness Fair: Anthem Lytle Building, 220 Virginia Ave. in Indianapolis 

Wed, May 10 - World Lupus Day: With support from GSK, the World Lupus Federation (WLF) will be issuing an e-report on the misconceptions about lupus and its impact. A series of tools and resources have also been developed for WLF member organizations and constituents.

Fri-Sat, May 12-13 - Indianapolis Grand Prix Race: All of the 60+ Indy Light cars will have a logo showing their support of the LFA. Thanks to David Hunt, Emilee Hunt and John Brunner with Belardi Racing! Look for our Chapter representatives at the Cooper Tire Activation Fan Village.
Royal Purple Grand Prix Race Sticker

Fri, May 19 - 'Put on Purple' Day - Various local businesses are participating by turning their lights/fountains purple for lupus (see list below). Wear PURPLE and ask your friends, family, and co-workers to join you to help raise lupus awareness; take a picture of your group wearing purple or your home lit with purple lights and send it to and we'll post on our social media sites. Post your photos on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #PutOnPurpleIN or #POPIndiana.

Sun, May 21, 1:00-3:30 pm – Walking for Dreams at Riverfront Events Plaza in Evansville visit for more information.

Please join us in thanking the following partners who will Light Purple on May 19th:

Eli Lilly and Company corporate center fountain
Hancock Regional Health’s Greenfield campus
Indianapolis Power and Light building
Indianapolis Zoo’s Beacon of Hope
The Alexander Hotel
Indiana State Museum Washington Street bridge
Punch Burger’s downtown location
Tin Roof restaurant/bar
O’Reilly’s Pub
Indiana Repertory Theatre

If you know of a business who would be willing to shine a light on lupus, please let us know!

Please visit for some fundraisers going on this month!