World Lupus Day is sponsored by the World Lupus Federation, a coalition of lupus patient organizations from around the world, united to improve the quality of life for people affected by lupus. Through coordinated efforts of its global affiliates, the World Lupus Federation works to create greater awareness and understanding of lupus, provide education and services to people living with the disease, and advocate on their behalf.

World Lupus Day serves to call attention to the impact that lupus has on people around the world. The annual observance focuses on the need for improved patient healthcare services, increased research into the causes of and cure for lupus, earlier diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally. World Lupus Day serves to rally lupus organizations and people affected by the disease around the world for a common purpose of bringing greater attention and resources to efforts to end the suffering caused by this disabling and potentially fatal autoimmune disease.

Since 2004, lupus organizations around the globe have conducted activities on May 10 to raise awareness and educate the public about the symptoms and health effects of lupus.

Together we can make lupus an international health priority and to ensure that people with lupus around the world are diagnosed and treated effectively.

On May 10, 2017, the World Federation will release a report on the global impact that lupus has on individuals and families around the world. Developed with the support of GlaxoSmithKline, the report will:
• Provide first-hand stories from individuals directly impacted by lupus
• Identify and understand public misconceptions about the disease
• Describe the emotional support needs of those living with lupus
If you are in either the Niagara, Ontario area check out the Falls as they will be illuminated in purple at 10pm in support of World Lupus Day! Or should you be in Toronto, go down to the CN Tower as it will also be illuminated in purple.
To learn more about World Lupus Day please visit worldlupusfederation.org.