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I’m so happy to report Lupus Awareness Month—celebrated during the month of May—was a huge success! We were very active in promoting education, fundraising, and connecting with local supporters. As one small sign of our increased efforts, our number of followers on Instagram (@LupusOrgSoCal) grew by 42% in May. During May, we saw a record number of Facebook Fundraisers created nationally, raising over $190,000! This is 30% more than May, 2018. Keep up the good work!
On May 30th, the Standing Eight screening attracted more than 100 guests to the ArcLight Hollywood for an inspirational evening highlighted by the 25-minute film. Most of us have rarely seen lupus portrayed on the big screen, and many of the lupus warriors in attendance commented on how empowering it was to see their struggle represented in the movie. Afterward, Kazy Tauginas, the film’s creator, joined Dr. Deborah McCurdy from UCLA Health and LFA President/CEO Stevan Gibson for a panel discussion. (You can rent Standing Eight on Amazon or Vimeo.)
This summer, one of our focus areas will be participating in in-district congressional visits, when our representatives are in their home districts on recess. We plan to meet with as many local members of Congress as possible—if you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] With August meetings, we will be well-positioned to maintain regular contact through the Fall and Winter in advance of our March 2020 Advocacy Summit in Washington DC.
P.S. Please join us on Saturday, September 28th for the Los Angeles Walk To End Lupus Now. www.walktoendlupus.org/losangeles
P.P.S. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@LupusOrgSoCal) and Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lupusorgsocal