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Purple Light For Lupus

May is Lupus Awareness Month. Please join Marlene’s Kaleidoscope to make Lupus visible!  Lupus is more pervasive and severe than many people realize. That’s why we need to make it visible here in Kansas City. We know COVID-19 is heavily impacting people with Lupus, and that’s why we think it’s more important than ever that we come together and bring a spotlight in our communities to raise awareness and funds to support all those affected.

This Lupus Month, there are many ways to acknowledge and support the Lupus community, and using Purple light bulbs is a simple way to do so. Join our effort in May to make Lupus visible by raising awareness and educating the public about this devastating disease and raise funds for Advocacy support programs hear in Kansas City!

Purple Light for Lupus Month

Purple light is a Lupus campaign to establish visible support for our community by Marlene’s Kaleidoscope since we are in a stay at home order for Kansas City. We feel like this will be a great way to raise awareness for Lupus. When you change a single light bulb to a Purple bulb, it is a simple action that is intended to spark a conversation that recognizes this silent killer in our community.

Why Purple Light for Lupus Month?

Why is Purple the color that represents Lupus? Because Purple is the color of power, mystery, renewal, and well-being, which are all aspects of Lupus Warriors.  

Purple Light Event Lupus Day

So, how does one participate in a purple light event for Lupus Month? These events are happening all over the country, and there are a few ways to make your voice heard.

The first way is to simply change one light bulb to Purple leading up to May 10th. The idea is to change a light bulb in a visible position like on your porch, in the front room of your home or office, or any other visible location that will gain attention and act as a symbol of support and appreciation for our Lupus Community. Secondly, participate in Put on Purple Day on Friday, May 15, to show support for people with Lupus.

Then, visit the Marlene Kaleidoscope Facebook or Twitter page, and you’ll put your light on to show your support. With social media being so creative these days, it’s an opportunity to share photos of your Purple light and inspire others to participate. When sharing on social media, Marlene’s Kaleidoscope organization asks that you use the hashtag #PurplelightLups, #mklupusPurple, and @beatlupus4goodPL.

Finally, in the lead-up to Lupus Day, you can change your social media profile picture to glow Purple in support of Lupus. This is an event that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. By doing so and using the power of word-of-mouth as well as the internet, it’s sure to get The Conversation Started and show the challenges that people with Lupus have to go through.

Lupus Purple Light Day

The Purple light will focus on Lupus Day May 10th to promote their purpose and see it as a welcomed opportunity for Americans to take part in Purple lighting for Lupus. But, for those who want to keep the conversation going, they’re also urging supporters to shine their Purple lights all year-round.

So, even though Lupus Day is May 10th, there is not one day that can be singled out as the day everyone should switch out their light bulbs. Lupus warriors matter every day of the year, not just on Lupus day.

What Does the Purple Light for Lupus Mean?

To conclude, Purple is a deep color, sometimes mysteriously so, and Lupus is the quintessentially mysterious disease. In essence, there’s no cure, there are not many treatments and no one “lupus test,” and there’s no telling when or in which organ it might flare-up.  Living with Lupus is like living with something ultimately life-disrupting just around the corner and, sometimes, front and center for a long time. The Purple light symbolizes courage and endurance, things all lupus patients must-have.  

As a representation of the Lupus community, Purple light for Lupus is a campaign asking supporters for Lupus and their families to change a single visible light bulb in their home or workplace to a Purple bulb. Whether it’s on your patio, in front of your garage, it’s a conversation starter – and a meaningful conversation at that.

By sharing photos of your Purple lights on social media and by becoming the talk of your neighborhood, the idea is to bring awareness about this devastating disease call  Lupus and encouraging people to get out and start a conversation about it in our communities all across the country.

So, if you’re interested, this May and perhaps all year long, change a regular light bulb to a Purple one and show your support for Lupus and their loved ones. It’s a simple gesture that can make a significant impact and help Lupus Warriors know that they are not alone and make Lupus visible.  

Marlene’s Kaleidoscope Nonprofit is a tax-exempt charitable organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). For more information about us or to donate, visit our website at www.mk4lupus.org.

Please consider supporting The Purple Light for Lupus, and together we can make a difference in the lupus community.