Miami, May 4, 2016 – Miami Dade College (MDC) will illuminate its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower purple at sunset Friday, May 20, in support of the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter’s Put on Purple Day. It is a special day during Lupus Awareness Month when local communities rally to bring greater attention to lupus by wearing purple and lighting buildings, monuments, and fountains purple.
Lupus, which impacts an estimated 100,000 Floridians and 1.5 million Americans, is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. Lupus is more pervasive and more severe than people think, and has an impact that the general public doesn’t fully realize. Despite the widespread prevalence of lupus, research on the disease has remained underfunded, relative to its scope and devastation.
The Freedom Tower will be among 14 landmarks in Florida as they Light Up for Lupus and for the fourth year set the national record for most landmarks lit purple during Lupus Awareness Month.
About Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. The foundation works with local health professionals and volunteers to provide information and programs to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease. To learn more, visit www.lupusfl.org.