Join us in honoring and supporting the many people with lupus by participating in PJ DAY. Far too often, people living with lupus have “PJ DAYs,” those days where they are too weak, too tired or too sick to get out of bed. Show your support on PJ DAY May 2, 2018, and help raise funds to support lupus research, education and awareness.
Iris Zink, Immediate Past President of the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS), has worked with lupus patients for 17 years and wanted to do something special for them in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.
PJ Day was inspired by one of Iris’ patients, Rebecca Lehotzky. Rebecca began seeing Iris 14 years ago and has been a patient ever since. Rebecca would struggle to fully explain how she was feeling and the extent of her exhaustion, and she began referencing how many PJ days she was having per week. This helped Iris understand how she was feeling and use that as a way to determine the best treatment.
Because of this, Iris decided to host a PJ Day fundraiser at her clinic where all staff donates $20 in order to wear their PJs to work. When other members at the RNS Society heard about what her clinic was doing they wanted to join in and create a friendly competition between clinics with all funds going toward lupus research.
PJ Day for Lupus Foundation of America has since become a nationwide campaign.