Have You Seen the Ad Council’s “Could I Have Lupus?” Campaign?
We partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to get real-life “diary” stories of young women with lupus and shape the message that’s starting to appear nationwide on buses and trains, television and radio, billboards and Web sites, and other venues.
The campaign’s goal: to capture the attention of young women who are unaware that the symptoms they are experiencing may be those of lupus, and that they should pose the question to their doctors: “Could I have lupus?”
The Web site [www.couldihavelupus.gov], and a toll-free number [800-994-9662] direct people looking for services and more information to specialists and local resources.
As Foundation Executive Director, Margaret Dowd, said in her speech at the launch of the campaign in Washington, D.C., on March 31st, “this campaign is a long-needed breakthrough to raise awareness about lupus. And now our job is to ensure that women who ask that key question—‘Could I Have Lupus?’—are answered by physicians and health care providers with a solid understanding of the disease, who know when to say: “You could have lupus. Let’s check it out.”
Foundation lupus advocate Heide Wilson also spoke at the D.C. launch event, telling her story of living with lupus. You can read about her in our latest “Living with Lupus” interview.
Are You Holding On to Your Purse? The Bag Ladies Are Coming to New York!
The silent auction of bags from celebrities and designers starts at 11:30.
At lunch, which starts at 12:30 (to 2 pm), we’ll honor Today Show host Meredith Vieira and present a public service award to the Ad Council and the HHS Office on Women’s Health for the new “Could I Have Lupus?” campaign. (Ad Council President and CEO, Peggy Conlon, and Office on Women’s Health Deputy Director, Frances Ashe-Goins, will be there to accept the awards.)
We can't wait to see which of the bags draw the high bids!
For tickets, call us at 212-685-4118 or purchase online.
Did You Know? May is the new “Lupus Awareness Month” in New York State!
Live near Albany? Stop by!
Lupus Awareness Day in the NY State Capital
Things Happening Around Manhattan:
Workshop on Nutrition & Healthy Cooking for Chronic Disease
Living Life Healthy with Lupus: Looking and Feeling Good
Learn more about living a healthy lifestyle with lupus with an afternoon of free mini workshops and demonstrations focused on looking and feeling your best. Bring a family member or friend to share in an afternoon of beauty. There will be a nutritionist and massage demonstrations, presentations on sun protection, hair, makeup, and more.
Registration is limited. RSVP by May 15th at 212-685-4118 or email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned for more Lupus Awareness Month news and events!
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