Lupus Awareness Month
By: Ms. K
May is Lupus Awareness Month. Last Friday May 16, 2014 was national Put on Purple Day.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
- More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.
- It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
- Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too.
- Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
- People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.
There are many ways to take action and help bring an end to this devastating disease – from donating online, to participating in one of our walk events, to getting involved in efforts to secure new treatments for lupus. With your help, the Lupus Foundation of America can get one step closer to solving the cruel mystery.
With your donation, we will be able to solve the cruel mystery of lupus in our lifetime and end its brutal impact.
Our Walk to End Lupus Now™ events are conducted nationwide to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact.
Learn how you can become a lupus activist and help elevate lupus on our nation’s health care agenda.
Clinical trials would not be possible without the participation of study volunteers. Learn more.
Through awareness campaigns, celebrity engagement, and online and social marketing, we work to bring greater attention to lupus and to rally public support. Learn how you can help spread awareness of lupus.
Learn more: http://www.lupus.org