May is Lupus Awareness month and this year, a very special tradition began at Lansing Rheumatology. Iris Zink, president of the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS), wanted to do something more for her patients who live with lupus. For those living with this disease, you rarely have energy to leave the house – let alone get out of bed. Zink, who is also a co-founder at Lansing Rheumatology, devised the idea of a PJ Day from a longtime patient. When Rebecca Lehotzky would describe to Zink how she was feeling that week, she would express how many ‘PJ Days’ she was having. PJ Days were the tough days that she couldn’t find the energy to get out of her pajamas.
The idea came to fruition when Zink asked the staff at her clinic to wear PJ’s for the day in exchange for a $20 donation to the Lupus Foundation of America. These donations will go a long way toward increasing awareness and advancing research for this disease. The seminal event was held on May 2, at Lansing Rheumatlogy.
PJ Day has quickly gained momentum and other clinics have joined in on the fun for a great cause. It has become a national event, and now you can host your very own PJ Day fundraiser at work. Helping find a cure for Lupus while staying comfy in your PJ’s all day? Sounds like a no brainer! Your support will go miles toward putting an end to this disease. Start your own PJ Day or donate, today!