Apr. 29, 2014

May is Lupus Awareness Month: Put On Purple for Lupus Awareness

Contact: Angelica Garza
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SAN ANTONIO (May 1, 2014) -  May is Lupus Awareness Month and The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Lone Star Chapter is encouraging the community to POP: Put on Purple for Lupus Awareness during the month of May and especially on Friday, May 16, 2014 for Lupus Awareness Day.

“Lupus Awareness programs like POP, are essential to our mission and help increase visibility in the areas in which we operate in, knowing the local chapter is available for lupus patients and caregivers is a vital component towards solving the cruel mystery, that is lupus,” said, Tessie Holloway, President and CEO of the LFA, Lone Star Chapter.

Lupus is one of the cruelest, most mysterious diseases on earth – an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat – in short, a cruel mystery.

Lupus is more pervasive and more severe than people think, and has an impact that the public doesn’t realize. Help us solve the cruel mystery of lupus by raising public awareness of this unpredictable and misunderstood disease, and rallying support for those who suffer from its brutal impact.

How you can POP: Put on Purple for Lupus Awareness:

  • Wear purple proudly on Friday, May 16 and tell people why!
  • Ask you friends, family, coworkers and employer to Put On Purple on May 16 to help raise awareness of lupus and support those with the disease.
  • Consider organizing office-wide or company-wide participation
  • Take pictures of your participation and share them through various social media outlets
  • Post photos using the hashtag #PutOnPurple and #LupusLoneStar

“Wearing purple on this day allows those who participate, the ability to share their story with those around them, increasing the overall awareness of the disease and the local chapter by word of mouth, our most powerful tool,” said Angelica Garza, Field Director for South Central Texas.

Put On Purple Day is one of many Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter’s programs to raise awareness and understanding of lupus. The LFA, Lone Star Chapter hosts an array of events all aimed to raise awareness, provide no cost education and support to lupus patients and caregivers and help fund lupus research. Please visit www.lupuslonestar.org for more information and how you can become involved in our organization.

The Lupus Foundation of America aims to improve the quality of life for all people with lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy.