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2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit

Learn. Connect. Advocate.

From March 15-17, lupus advocates will once again converge on Washington, DC for the nation's largest lupus advocacy event. Summit attendees will learn from experts in the field about the latest in lupus research, connect with hundreds of fellow lupus advocates, and storm Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress to join our fight and support policies to improve the lives of all people affected by lupus.

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Each March, the National Lupus Advocacy Summit brings together the entire lupus community in pursuit of our shared goal: a world without lupus. Join lupus advocates from across the country to share your story with Congress and urge them to support policies that increase funding for lupus research and improve the lives of those living with this disease.

The National Lupus Advocacy Summit is the keystone of our comprehensive advocacy program that has generated more than $500 million in federal funding for lupus research and education in the last five years alone.

At the 2020 Summit, you'll help us build on our past successes and further advance policy priorities that are accelerating the search for new lupus treatments, better educating physicians who diagnose and treat the disease, and much more. In addition to meeting with your members of Congress, Summit attendees will hear firsthand from the brightest minds researching and treating this disease and learn how to advocate for themselves and others throughout the entire year.

Registration for the 2020 Summit opens on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

We can't turn Capitol Hill purple without you - to receive more information about how to register for the 2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit, sign up as an advocate.

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Overview of Summit Events
Sunday, March 15

Welcome to Washington! Join us at The Mayflower Hotel for an informal evening reception with Summit attendees and Lupus Foundation of America staff. Receive your materials for the rest of the Summit and enjoy light refreshments as you get to know lupus advocates from all across the country.

Monday, March 16

Get ready to learn! We'll get started early Monday morning at The Mayflower Hotel with sessions detailing the latest breakthroughs in lupus research and drug development and what they will mean for you. After lunch, you'll have a chance to choose the session that most interests you before coming back together as a group to hear about the legislative landscape and the priority policies we will be taking to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Lupus Foundation of America staff will fully prepare you with everything you will need for successful meetings with your members of Congress - from navigating congressional office buildings to telling your story in the most impactful way.

Tuesday, March 17

It all builds to this! Put on your purple and head to Capitol Hill, where we will have arranged meetings for you with your members of Congress. You'll meet with your U.S. Representative and both of your U.S. Senators to tell them how lupus has changed your life and what they can do to join our fight against this devastating disease. After your meetings, join us back at The Mayflower Hotel to debrief your day with Lupus Foundation of America staff and your fellow advocates.

Youth Programming

For lupus advocates under 21 and their families, the 2020 Summit will once again feature a youth track focusing on topics specific to growing up with lupus. Youth advocates will have a dedicated space available to them throughout the Summit to connect with their peers in a relaxed setting.

Summit Scholarships

The Foundation will once again provide scholarships for advocates to attend the Summit. Scholarships are limited, and as much as we wish we could, we are not able to provide scholarships for everyone who applies. Details on how to apply for a scholarship will be available here when Summit registration opens on December 11, 2019.

Fundraise to attend the 2020 Advocacy Summit

We understand that traveling to Washington can be costly. It's important to us that we provide our advocates every opportunity to be a part of this powerful event, and that's why we developed this fundraising guide to help you offset the cost of attending the Summit. The guide will help you budget for your trip, leverage the power of crowdsourcing, and much more.

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For questions about the 2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit, please contact Travis Smith, Director of Government Relations, at [email protected] or 202-212-6778.