Lupus Ontario is the largest provincial voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with lupus through advocacy, education, public awareness, support and research. Celebrating 30 years of service in 2008, Lupus Ontario was formed in 2004 when The Ontario Lupus Association and the Lupus Society of Hamilton amalgamated. Both organizations were formed in 1978 by volunteers dedicated to helping lupus patients learn about and cope with this life-altering and sometimes life-taking autoimmune disorder. Over 1:1000 Canadian men, women and children are living with lupus. Lupus Ontario is a member organization of Lupus Canada and our ultimate goal is: Life without lupus.
WE GIVE SUPPORT BY:
Telephone networking and counselling for new patients
Holding support meetings for discussion, learning and sharing
Maintaining an up- to-date website
WE EDUCATE BY:
Producing and distributing information via pamphlets, newsletters, videos and the website
Holding symposiums and workshops to learn from experts
WE INCREASE AWARENESS BY:
Displays in malls, health fairs and forums and posters in public transportation
Funding Public Service announcements for TV and Radio
Speaking to groups such as service clubs and community organizations
Encouraging local and national media to include stories about lupus.
WE ENCOURAGE RESEARCH BY:
Assisting in special funding of Lupus Clinics and the Lupus Databank