Grab your pajamas and join the movement! PJ DAY is a way to honor and support the many people with lupus while also raising funds. Join the movement or start your own PJ DAY.
Iris Zink, 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. She 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 was inspired by one of Iris’ patients, Rebecca Lehotzky. She began seeing Iris 14 years ago and has been a patient ever since. Iris found that as with many patients, Rebecca would struggle to fully explain how she was feeling and the extent of her exhaustion. Rebecca began referencing how many PJ days she was having per week to help Iris understand how she was feeling and use that as a way to determine the best treatment. That method caught on and Iris began asking her other patients about their PJ days as well.
PJ Day for Lupus Foundation of America has since become a nationwide campaign. We invite nurses, teachers, patients, friends, and family members to put on their PJs, raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact.