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ALIV Staff Celebrate Lupus Awareness Month with P.O.P
By Sasha Lightbourne
May 8, 2017 - 4:40:46 AM

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ALIV staff members wear their Lupus 242 purple shirts on Friday, May 5th, 2017. Photo by Theo McClain.

Nassau, The Bahamas – In an effort to continue expanding its corporate responsibilities, ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, has made a significant donation to Lupus 242 in recognition of May being observed globally as Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus 242, a non-profit group which aims to increase awareness of the chronic autoimmune disease provides support and information for people in The Bahamas living with lupus.

A $10,000 donation was made to Lupus 242’s Shonalee King-Johnson on Thursday, May 4, and on Friday, May 5, staff at ALIV’s Head Office wore purple Lupus 242 shirts to raise awareness. Employees at ALIV’s Headquarters will continue to support Lupus 242’s P.O.P (Put on Purple) campaign by wearing purple every Friday during the month of May.

“ALIV remains resolute in its promise to the people of The Bahamas. It is a central part of our responsibility to get involved and do whatever we can to assist groups like Lupus 242. ALIV’s donation, and staff participation in the P.O.P campaign marks a successful collaborative effort with Lupus 242 to promote lupus awareness and assist individuals in The Bahamas living with the debilitating disease.” ALIV Chairman, Franklyn Butler said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Lupus, is a chronicautoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin,joints, and/or organs). "Chronic" means that thesignsandsymptomstend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44.

World Lupus Day is May 10. It has been five years since Lupus 242 launched and the organization has planned a month of activities to celebrate locally while promoting awareness and garnering public participation.

For more information about Lupus 242, visit https://www.facebook.com/Lupus242/

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