Lupus Awareness Month | Philadelphia Tri-State
This May, celebrate Lupus Awareness Month! Did you know that 73% of Americans, ages 18-34, those most at risk for the disease, have never heard of lupus or know little or nothing about lupus beyond the name? We need more people to understand the importance of lupus and will be conducting activities this month to spread awareness and raise funds for much-needed research.
What's Lupus Awareness Month?
Lupus Awareness Month is a globally observed month celebrating the many advancements in lupus research, while acknowledging that we must still fight every day for a cure.
Since 2004, World Lupus Day has been celebrated internationally to bring attention to this often-misunderstood disease. The Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, participates on the local scale by distributing information, holding a rally, and engaging in other awareness-raising activities to spread this message to the Greater Philadelphia area.
Public awareness of lupus remains low. Nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about the disease beyond the name. We need your help to change that. Join the growing number of communities that pump up the purple for Lupus Awareness Month and tell people how they can donate or get involved.
Thanks to those who joined us at the World Lupus Day Rally on Friday, May 10th at Dilworth Park! Special thanks to Drum Like a Lady and Health Partners Plans for entertainment and Drexel Medicine, GSK, Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, and Always Best Care for their support.
Like the Ben Franklin Bridge, you can put on purple to show your commitment to ending this cruel mystery! On Friday, May 17th, be sure to #PutOnPurple to raise awareness of lupus. Consider asking friends, family, colleagues, and classmates to do the same. Need a place to start? Check out this year's Put on Purple toolkit below.Access the toolkit
Want to get your creative juices flowing? Host your own event benefiting lupus awareness!Fill out an application
There are over 40,000 people living with lupus in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. This Lupus Awareness Month, we're highlighting just a few people to share their stories with this disease.
Lupus has the power to inflict physical, emotional, and financial strain- all the more reason to end its devastating impact. Educate yourself about this disease this Lupus Awareness Month, and share what you learn with others.
On average, people with lupus take eight prescription medications to manage all of their medical conditions, including lupus. Sometimes, side effects from medications like steroids can cause long-term damage, so researchers are looking to provide alternative medications.
Between 15 and 60 percent of people with a chronic illness will experience clinical depression. Caring for both the body and mind is crucial for people living with lupus.
A person living with lupus incurs an average medical and loss of productivity cost of roughly $20,000 per year. This can increase to $63,000 per year if he or she has kidney complications.
A donation in honor of Lupus Awareness Month shows us that you hear voices of lupus champions everywhere- and seek to amplify them. The money we raise goes towards programs and services, like self-help courses and advocacy days, as well as research initiatives at the local and national level.Make a gift to our Annual Fund today