Inaugural event aims to add support for local Lupus patientsWritten by Bailey G. Dick | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In March, the Holiday Inn French Quarter will be filled with people wearing purple pajamas. Sound strange? It’s all part of what event organizers are calling a “party with a purpose.”
The Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America is hosting its first annual Pajama Jam on March 1. The event is the first sponsored by the organization in Northwest Ohio since the organization expanded its services to the area in August.
Caitrin Cardosi of the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America said the Pajama Jam will raise funds for additional programming in the area for Lupus patients.
“It will enable us to start educational programs like support groups and new patient education classes,” Cardosi said. “People can come learn how to not only live with the disease, but live will with the disease.”
Living well is a major part of the Pajama Jam according to event organizers, with games, crafts and the opportunity to get pampered.
Cardosi said that although fun is the focus of the fundraiser, finding support among Lupus patients is an important part of the Pajama Jam as well.
“One of the biggest challenges of having Lupus is that people don’t understand what you’re going through. We want people to be able to talk, and so we set aside a specific area for people to do that,” Cardosi said.
Registration for the Pajama Jam is $35 before Jan. 19, $45 from Jan. 20-Feb.9, and $50 after Feb. 9. Additionally, there are rewards for attendees who raise $100 or more. Rewards include a Lupus Flare Kit, a night’s stay at the hotel, and tickets to Cedar Point and Kalahari.
The Pajama Jam will be held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg in March 1. Day-of registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 5 p.m. To sign up for the event, visit www.lupus.org/ohio/events.
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