SOURCE: S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

April 30, 2010 17:40 ET

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Launches New York City's 2010 Lupus Awareness Month

Packed Menu of Free Patient Programs, Fundraisers, and Awareness Activities Planned Across the Five Boroughs for May

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) -  On the eve of May 2010 Lupus Awareness Month, the organization that has served New Yorkers with the chronic autoimmune disease, systemic lupus, for 40 years -- the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation -- unveils an exciting menu of activities for the month ahead.

"We've been here for New Yorkers with lupus for 40 years," said Margaret G. Dowd, executive director of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. "The wide scope of services that we've delivered to New Yorkers for generations is made possible by our unparalleled understanding of the unique needs of the city's complex and diverse population. While May is a special month for everyone involved with lupus, our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to advance the needs of people with lupus every day, all year long."

  • May 1 -- Foundation launches Lupus Awareness Month 2010 with a special day of beauty and health for people with lupus. Living Healthy with Lupus Day presented with (and at) the Hospital for Special Surgery on East 70th street will include complimentary services and workshops on such topics as massage, health food, makeup, and hairstyling. The goal: to help women and men with lupus feel better -- inside and out! Event is sold out, but "expert tips" will be featured post-event on the Foundation Web site at LupusNY.org.

  • May 3 -- A special 40th Anniversary Foundation lupus awareness window display will be unveiled in the heart of midtown Manhattan -- at 10 Rockefeller Center, steps from the NBC's Today Show plaza. The catchy 115-sq-ft window also will feature compelling print and televised messages from the Ad Council's "Could I Have Lupus?" campaign targeted to young women most at risk for developing the disease.

  • May 4 -- The Foundation's festive New York Bag Ladies Luncheon and Celebrity Handbag Auction at 583 Park Avenue will raise funds for lupus research and patient support programs in New York. Among the more than 200 handbags are the latest designer "it bags" and previously (and very gently) used purses, clutches, shoulder bags, and more donated by such entertainers as Mariah Carey, Zoe Saldana, and Lady Gaga. Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of New York City will host the event and introduce a special performance of the Off Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Tony winner Joanna Gleason.

  • May 10 -- World Lupus Day. The Foundation goes global with its message of hope for a cure through lupus research as it bands together with other members of the powerful Lupus Research Institute (LRI) National Coalition in encouraging advocates to wear the signature "orange" of lupus awareness on World Lupus Day -- and sharing pictures of supporters from around the world decked in orange at Facebook.com/LupusNY and Twitter.com/LupusNY

  • May 12 -- Foundation outreach centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx stretch their recognition of Lupus Awareness Month to National Women's Health Week by hosting group walks in the Crotona Park Nature Center (Bronx) and Fort Greene Park (Brooklyn). 

For more on these and other special events and weekly lupus support groups throughout the month of May in New York City and beyond, visit www.LupusNY.org or call 212-685-4118.

About Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (S.L.E.), commonly called lupus, is a chronic and potentially fatal autoimmune disorder and one of the nation's least recognized major diseases affecting more than 1.5 million Americans. In lupus, the body's immune system forms antibodies that can attack virtually any healthy organ or tissue, from the kidneys to the brain, heart, lungs, skin, joints and blood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that death rates from lupus are more than five times higher for women than for men and more than three times higher for African Americans than for Caucasians. No major new treatments for lupus have been approved in 50 years.

About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

Established by New Yorker Susan Golick and her family 40 years ago, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation aims to stimulate awareness, provide education and support throughout the five boroughs, and fund researchers dedicated to finding new treatments and a cure. In 2000, the Foundation launched the national Lupus Research Institute -- the world's leading private supporter of novel research in lupus. While the outlook for people with lupus has improved in the past four decades, the Foundation remains committed to its ultimate goal: life without lupus. Learn more at LupusNY.org.

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